The Korean version of Train To Busan, the first live-action film directed by helmed by animator Yeon Sang-Ho (The King of Pigs, The Fake) is set inside a bullet train bound from Seoul to Busan that becomes infected by a zombie invasion. It was a massive box office hit in its native country and caused such a stir at the Cannes Film Festival that the English language rights became the target of a bidding war involving Fox, Sony, Studiocanal and EuropaCorp as well as Gaumont which won the bid.
“We’ve been chasing the remake since Cannes Film Festival where the whole team loved it so much,” says Gaumont CEO Sidonie Dumas. “We’re excited to start working on the US adaptation that will mark our first foray into English-language moviemaking in Los Angeles.”
Gaumont has some experience working with the States on English language material on TV shows such as Hannibal and Narcos. So let’s face it, while the knee-jerk reaction to the news of any remake of a cult film is usually, “they’ll ruin it,” if Gaumont can replicate the quality of their TV shows on the big screen we could be in for a treat.