Train to Busan is getting a remake, but why?

Train to Busan -- Courtesy of Shudder
Train to Busan -- Courtesy of Shudder /

The Korean zombie film Train to Busan is set to get a US remake by New Line Cinema. Deadline has reported that Tino Tjahjanto will direct the film based on the hugely popular South Korean film. As fans of The Walking Dead, we are always up for another great zombie flick.

But, why remake this?

The original Train to Busan film was released in 2016 to worldwide critical acclaim. Critics called it intelligent horror, an intimate thrill ride, best zombie film ever; you get the picture. It doesn’t make sense to redo this one. If you are a success, good for you, but if you flop, you will always be compared to this giant of a film. Why not just make something new?

The film takes place on a high-speed train from Seoul to Busan when an outbreak occurs, and the passengers must figure out how to survive the onslaught of the undead on the train. The virus spreads rapidly, and these zombies are the fast-moving ones similar to World War Z.

I think British filmmaker Edgar Wright speaks for us all:

Train to Busan remake

New Line Cinema is a part of WarnerMedia who will have Tjahjato direct with James Wan producing and Gary Dauberman set to write the screenplay. This is an outstanding group, and it will be interesting to see what the final product will look like. They have the skills to create something spectacular in the horror genre because they have already done so.

Tjahjanto is known for the Netflix martial arts movie The Night Comes for Us and the horror movies May the Devil Take You and May the Devil Take you Too. 

Wan is known as the co-creator of the Saw and Insidious franchises and the creator of The Conjuring Universe.

Dauberman wrote all the Annabelle movies in The Conjuring universe as well as It and It: Chapter Two. 

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It will be exciting to see what comes of this project and see who is cast for this remake.