New Line wins bidding war for American Train to Busan remake
Following yesterday’s report that five studios were engaged in a bidding war for an American remake of Train to Busan, The Hollywood Reporter brings word that New Line Cinema has won the bidding war and will produce the film.
James Wan (Saw, The Conjuring), via his production company Atomic Monster, and Gary Dauberman (Annabelle, The Nun) will be producing the film. Dauberman is on board to write the script for the remake.
Train to Busan was directed by Yeon Sang-ho. It follows the story of a workaholic businessman and father who accompanies his doe-eyed daughter on the titular train ride to see her mother at the very same time that a malevolent virus breaks out, turning the populace into ravenous, milk-eyed ghouls. When one of those blood-sucking zombies gets on the train, Hell is unleashed and the father must team up with a gaggle of survivors to fight the dead and protect his child.
Train to Busan set the box office ablaze across Asia, smashed box office records in South Korea and became the biggest Korean film of all time, stars Gong Yoo (The Age of Shadows), Jung Yu-mi (Manhole), Ma Dong-seok (Along With the Gods: The Last 49 Days ), Choi Woo-sik (Big Match. Okja), An So-hee (Hellcats), Kim Eui-sung (Assassination), and Kim Su-an (The Battleship Island, Along With the Gods: Two Worlds).
It was recently reported that a Train to Busan sequel is in works with the working title “Peninsula” which focus on the entire Korean peninsula. Director Yeon plans to begin production in the first half of next year.