The acclaimed Korean zombie hit from Korea, “Train to Busan” is making its way to American shores once again, only this time it will be as an English language remake.
According to Hollywood Reporter, the rights to the film have been picked up by the French company Gaumont at a seven figure price. The high price is due to the films huge success in Korea which generated $38.8m in its first five days of play, which is an all-time record at the Korean box office, and went on to gross over $83.5 million. It was a huge success in Hong Kong, Singapore, Vietnam, and other countries. The film was then distributed to the US on a limited run (hopefully you were able to catch it).
Next Entertainment World, who backed the original, stated, “We are more than happy to start our business with Gaumont, one of the greatest film companies with rich experience in terms of global projects. We hope this opportunity could let Korean films get more attention and be familiar with the audience all over the world.”
This zombie apocalyptic thriller, directed by Yeon Sang-ho, follows a group of passengers who become trapped on a speeding bullet train during a zombie outbreak in South Korea. The film is wonderfully intense and enjoyable from beginning to end, as I have reviewed here at Press to Eject. If you have not seen this film, do not wait for the remake. Do what you can to watch the original first, you will not be disappointed.