One of the most popular zombie films in recent years has been the South Korean film Train to Busan. Now, according to a new announcement, filmmaker Timo Tjahjanto has been selected to direct a remake of Train to Busan! The project is taking place at New Line Cinema, and it will be produced by James Wan via his production company Atomic Monster. This is exciting news, as both individuals have made a massive impact on the horror genre.
While Timo Tjahjanto is known for projects like May the Devil Take You and the segment “Safe Haven” from V/H/S/2, James Wan was the director behind hits like Saw, Insidious, and The Conjuring. As such, the two should make for a perfect team when it comes to the Train to Busan remake.
And as further noted by Deadline, the film will also be produced by Atomic Monster’s Michael Clear. Gaumont’s Nicolas Atlan and Terry Kalagian will also be attached to the project as producers. Meanwhile, Coin Operated’s Gary Dauberman is adapting the screenplay for the remake. The project’s executive producers include Judson Scott, Sidonie Dumas, Christophe Riandee, and Johanna Byer.
The original Train to Busan film has been a massive success, and recently spawned a live-action sequel titled Train to Busan: Peninsula. It’s clear that this franchise is going to continue being an international sensation for the next few years, so there’s no surprise that New Line Cinema would want a piece of a pie. Luckily, with Timo Tjahjanto and James Wan involved, this should be one excellent remake of an equally excellent zombie epic. Hopefully there will be more news on the Train to Busan remake soon, and audiences can stay tuned to ScreenGeek for when we have it.
Sang-Ho Yeon directed the original Train to Busan film, which originally had its release at the Cannes Film Festival in 2016.