French studio Gaumont has scored the English remake rights to Korean zombie box-office hit movie Train to Busan. The zombie craze is showing no signs of slowing down.
The 2016 action-packed zombie apocalypse horror thriller (that was a mouthful, I know) was helmed by acclaimed animator Yeon Sang-Ho (The King of Pigs, The Fake) in his first live-action directing gig. It is the first South Korean film to attract over 10 million moviegoers, with a box office tally of more than $80 million since the movie’s release in July. Train to Busan premiered at this year’s Cannes Festival in May and quickly attracted the attention of major studios, including Fox, Sony and French companies Studiocanal and EuropaCorp, with Gaumont winning the bid.
Train to Busan is set inside a bullet train bound from Seoul to Busan when a woman with a bite wound on her leg boards the train, dies, turns into a zombie and the infection spreads as the passengers fight for their lives (think World War Z mixed with Dawn of the Dead with a dash of Snowpiercer because train). But the zombie outbreak is not limited to the train as they soon find out. Gaumont’s CEO Sidonie Dumas said
“[We've been] chasing the remake since Cannes Film Festival where the whole team loved it so much. We’re excited to start working on the U.S. adaptation that will mark our first foray into English-language moviemaking in Los Angeles.”
Even though this will be Gaumont’s first English-language big-screen movie, their L.A.-based TV division has already produced critically acclaimed U.S. series such as Narcos and Hannibal. Check out a pair of movie trailers below, and let us know what you think about a planned Train to Busan U.S. remake.