It happened: Korean zombie flick Train to Busan is getting an English remake

Train to Busan remake Gaumont

Is it just me, or have there been an unusual amount of remakes in the news today? That's just the way of Hollywood I guess, but it becomes a little grueling at some point. But more than TOMB RAIDER, more than HOUSEBOUND, no remake puts a knot in my stomach like the thought of an English-language update of TRAIN TO BUSAN that just got greenlit by French studio Gaumont.

The Korean zombie flick from director Yeon Sang-ho is by far my favorite genre film of the year, and the idea of throttling its power with a needless remake is more than a little upsetting. However, there is one thing that's keeping me afloat. The political allegory baked into every frame of BUSAN will be transplanted into a U.S. setting, says a representative for Gaumont, whose L.A. branch will be handling the production.

In this heated political climate, it might be interesting to see what a socially-minded zombie film could cook up. Of course, I'd rather hand it off to George Romero than package it in a remake, but the upcoming political environment is ripe for horror filmmakers, and TRAIN TO BUSAN could fit snugly inside that.

In the original TRAIN TO BUSAN:

TRAIN TO BUSAN is a harrowing zombie horror-thriller that follows a group of terrified passengers fighting their way through a countrywide viral outbreak while trapped on a suspicion-filled, blood-drenched bullet train ride to Busan, a southern resort city that has managed to hold off the zombie hordes… or so everyone hopes.

TRAIN TO BUSAN stars Gong Yoo, Jung Yu-Mi, Ma Dong-Seok, and Kim Eui-Sung. It was directed by Yeon Sang-Ho.

Extra Tidbit: What's an English-language remake you actually like?
Source: Variety



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