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Zombie thriller 'Train to Busan' is getting a US remake

By Kara Santos Published Feb 22, 2021 12:16 pm Updated Feb 22, 2021 2:12 pm

The hit South Korean zombie apocalypse thriller Train to Busan is reportedly getting a remake for US audiences.

Deadline reports that Indonesian filmmaker Timo Tjahjanto is in talks to direct the remake which will be released by New Line Cinema, which is part of WarnerMedia. 

Tjahjanto is best known for his 2018 Netflix martial arts movie The Night Comes for Us and horror movies May the Devil Take You and its sequel May the Devil Take You Too, which were recently released by premium horror streaming service Shudder. 

Atomic Monster’s James Wan and Michael Clear and Gaumont’s Nicolas Atlan and Terry Kalagian will produce the film remake alongside Coin Operated’s Gary Dauberman, who is adapting the screenplay, according to the Deadline report.

Dauberman previously wrote all the Annabelle movies in Wan's Conjuring universe, as well as It (2017) and It: Chapter Two (2019).

Train to Busan was originally directed by Sang-Ho Yeon and premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in 2016. Set almost entirely on a speeding train during a zombie outbreak, the film focused on a group of passengers working together to survive. Following its release, the film quickly became an international box office hit and was ranked the highest-grossing film of 2016 in South Korea. It currently stands as the 14th most successful South Korean movie of all time.

An animated film prequel titled Seoul Station was released in 2017, and the highly-anticipated live action sequel, Train to Busan: Peninsula, was released in 2020.

No release date or other details have been announced yet for the upcoming US remake.

(Images via Next Entertainment World)