In news that I suppose was inevitable but that basically nobody asked for, Hollywood is set to remake Korea’s smash hit zombie thriller Train To Busan, according to a report by Deadline.
The anticipated Train to Busan remake at New Line looks to be gaining steam as sources tell Deadline that Timo Tjahjanto is in negotiations to helm the pic based on the blockbuster South Korean hit. Atomic Monster’s James Wan and Michael Clear and Gaumont’s Nicolas Atlan and Terry Kalagian will produce alongside Coin Operated’s Gary Dauberman, who is adapting the screenplay. Judson Scott, Sidonie Dumas, Christophe Riandee and Johanna Byer are executive producing.
Of course “who asked for this” is rhetorical since it doesn’t matter if anybody asked for it, the studios saw a potential franchise.
When rights to the original hit the marketplace, every studio quickly moved to grab hold of something that could ultimately become a franchise. New Line ultimately won out.
In American zombie flicks this tends to mean focus on the zombies and not human drama, but I guess it deserves a shot.
One person did bring up a good point about an American setting, which also doubled as an indictment of our investment in infracture.
Of course they can just make shit up, but it’s fucking pathetic nevertheless.