Blockbuster zombie thriller Train to Busan to get Hollywood remake
The blockbuster movie Train to Busan is getting remade by major global production company, Studio Gaumont. The film premiered last July to great success: It was immensely popular domestically, and remains the highest grossing South Korean film of 2016, with more than 11 million people flocking to see it in theaters.
Starring Gong Yoo (The Lonely Shining Goblin) as a single dad, the movie unfolds while he takes his daughter to his ex-wife’s home, and a zombie horde invades the train they’re on and proceeds to infect everyone in its path.
On Wednesday, Studio Gaumont obtained the creative rights to develop an English version of the film with hopes to make a big splash in Hollywood. Although Studio Gaumont primarily produces French-language projects, it has participated in the making of several notable English-language films, such as Leon: The Professional and The Fifth Element.
The primary investor for Train to Busan, NEW Company’s CEO Kim Woo-taek, said, “I’m happy to be collaborating with the best French film studio, Gaumont, that has had a record of success with various international productions. Through this opportunity, I hope that Korean movies will gain more exposure with international audiences.” Not to be bested in effusive praise, a delegate from Gaumont said that everyone fell in love with Train to Busan at the 69th Cannes Film Festival, and that its uniqueness would resonate with American audiences.
Since the deal just took place yesterday, a schedule regarding the remake’s production and any casting decisions have yet to be made.
Via DongA Sports
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