For those who loved the Korean film Train to Busan, we have news: the English remake of the film is officially happening. The French studio Gaumont won the rights to adapt the hit film to English.
Yeon Sang-ho’s Train to Busan is a zombie apocalypse set in a Busan-bound train from Seoul, South Korea’s capital. It premiered at the Midnight Screenings section at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival last May, to much critical and commercial acclaim. Studios like Fox and Sony tried to close a deal, while it has become the country’s top grossing film, earning $80.5 million in July.
According to Gaumont’s CEO Sidonie Dumas, they have pursued for the rights to a remake since the festival.
It will be the studio’s first English language movie.
There is still no word who will direct the film or be cast, but it was revealed that it will be shot in Los Angeles.
Rotten Tomatoes has ranked the film 95%, saying “Train to Busan delivers a thrillingly unique – and purely entertaining – take on the zombie genre, with fully realized characters and plenty of social commentary to underscore the bursts of skillfully staged action.” It has been compared to the political climate in South Korea.
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