Though the recent Train to Busan sequel was somewhat lacklustre in terms of execution, its predecessor was nothing short of a phenomenon.
Aired in 2016, the zombie flick captivated audiences worldwide and single-handedly propelled Korea’s movie industry to the international spotlight. In fact, I dare say that Train to Busan was the flick that paved the way for Korean movies, which Parasite (2019) would later continue and solidify.
Such was the prowess of that thrilling, emotional flick.
Train to Busan Having a US Remake With James Wan as Producer
But here’s the thing: hit films tend to be remade, and it appears that Train to Busan is set to follow that grainy, thorny path.
According to reports, there will soon be a US remake of the Korean film, though the question does beget:
“Who on earth asked for a remake, when the original is perfect as it is?”
Well, I guess only the moneymakers would know.
According to AsiaOne, the remake will be produced by New Line Cinemas, and will possibly be helmed by Timo Tjahjanto – who exploded in popularity after the release of his movie, The Night Comes For Us (2018), on Netflix.
Gary Dauberman, the screenwriter behind It (2017) and The Curse of La Llorona (2019), will also be on board.
And if you’re in search of a more familiar name to validate the impending remake, you may be appeased to know that James Wan, the genius behind the original Conjuring horror films, will be serving as producer for this one.
Thus far, no star has been attached to the project, though we could certainly see The Rock or Vin Diesel playing Don Lee’s role in the original. As for Gong Yoo’s role, Robert Downey Jr. would probably be my choice for the role.
The remake is expected to follow the original’s premise and plot, and is hoped to result in a franchise for New Line.
No release date has been announced yet.
Here’s hoping that the remake will be somewhere near the standard of the original.
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