New Line Developing Remake of South Korean Zombie Hit Train to Busan

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New Line Cinema is developing a remake of South Korean box office hit, Train to Busan. The news was confirmed by Deadline’s sources, which revealed that the feature would likely be helmed by Headshot and The Night Comes for Us director Timo Tjahjanto. Helmed by Sang-ho Yeon, the 2016 original followed a group of train passengers as they attempted to survive a trip from Seoul to Busan in the midst of a zombie outbreak.

“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,” Deadline reported. “Judson Scott, Sidonie Dumas, Christophe Riandee and Johanna Byer are executive producing.”

“[Tjahjanto] has been on the rise going back to his 2016 thriller Headshot, which was selected by Fantastic Fest that same year. He recently directed Netflix’s action thriller The Night Comes for Us and made his name as half of the Mo Brothers with cult horror and action film favorites Macabre, Killers and his V/H/S 2 segment. Tjahjanto is repped by WME, Management 360 and attorney Marios Rush.”

News of a potential Train to Busan remake actually emerged years ago, but New Line’s discussions with Tjahjanto would indicate that the film is finally moving full steam ahead. A sequel to Train to Busan, Train to Busan: Peninsula, was released last year but failed to match the critical acclaim that the original attained.

Tsing Mui
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