James Wan to Produce Train to Busan Remake


Yeon Sang-ho’s zombie thriller Train to Busan was a box office sensation in South Korea back in 2016 but it also caught on internationally, eventually earning $87 million worldwide. With that in mind, it’s no surprise to hear that a follow-up is in the works with a sequel being officially announced last month. This week, however, we are also hearing that a U.S. remake is on the way and that it has sparked a bidding war between several major studios. Hit the jump for the full scoop.

According to Deadline, The Conjuring director James Wan is currently setting up a remake of the train-based zombie flick Train to Busan through his Atomic Monster production company. Frequent James Wan collaborator Gary Dauberman will write the script, but no director is attached as of yet. Dauberman has penned a string of recent horror hits including Annabelle, Annabelle: Creation, The Nun and Stephen King’s It, but he will reportedly make his directorial debut with the upcoming Annabelle 3.

From what we are hearing, New Line is currently in negotiations to acquire the rights (which makes sense considering Wan has worked with them extensively), but Paramount, Lionsgate and Screen Gems are also interested. The deal is expected to close this week somewhere in the seven-figure range. Considering that the original Train to Busan made only $2 million in the U.S. (theatrically, anyway) it seems like there is a big untapped audience for this movie. Are you interested in seeing an English-language remake of Train to Busan?

  • Nobody

    I think there’s always going to be an untapped audience for a Hollywood remake of a successful foreign genre film. Regardless of quality and accessibility, people don’t really go out to those movies. I guess that’s why The Night Comes for Us is being released by Netflix on Oct. 19. It’s nice how accessible it will be in just a few weeks, but it’s too bad these kinds of movies can’t find bigger audiences over here.

  • 1138sw

    Man I loved Train to Busan! Yeon Sang-ho did a fantastic job with a genre that has proliferated in every medium from podcast to TV to Film! Train to Busan was true gem and sweet sweet surprise in the genre.

    But come on James Wan??? The guy, at least to me, is a horrible hack director and producer who makes horror movies with scares that are laughable! What he could accomplish in a remake is beyond me. He’s no Yeon Sang-ho! Please.

    Instead I’ll be looking forward to the sequel Yeon Sang-ho is preparing! That’s worth seeing than any James Wan production.

  • Lori Cerny

    I watch a lot of International movies (Bollywood, South Korean, Chinese, Brazilian), and whenever I talk about them to anyone, they just roll their eyes. Can’t figure out if they’re lazy or stupid.