Where is this train going: US ‘Train to Busan’ remake may make its way to New York

Train to Busan (2016)

The Hollywood remake of the critically acclaimed 2016 South Korean zombie film “Train to Busan” will reportedly be named “Last Train to New York.”

I’m walkin’ here: Helmed by award-winning Indonesian director Timo Tjahjanto, who’s behind the horror thrillers “V/H/S/2” (2013) and “May the Devil Take You” (2018), the zombie-packed train is expected to head for the Empire State, according to Deadline.

  • Described as the godfather of modern horror, Australian filmmaker James Wan, who masterminded cult hits like “Saw” (2004), “Insidious” (2010) and “The Conjuring” Universe, will join as producer and screenplay writer. Alongside him will be American filmmaker and “It” screenwriter Gary Dauberman, who previously worked with Wan on the 2017 horror flick. Dauberman made enriching contributions as a screenwriter to “Annabelle: Creation” (2017) and “The Nun” (2018) before making his directorial debut with “Annabelle Comes Home” in 2019.
  • The upcoming zombie film remake will be produced by New Line Cinema.
  • Although there is Twitter speculation over where the train will be traveling from, one user pointed out that the three-hour route from Seoul to Busan would be most aligned with a route to New York either from Washington D.C. or Boston. Another added that the film could pose a possible narrative around the “Boston biotech, MIT/Harvard lab scene.”

  • Addressing the widespread fan skepticism surrounding the remake and whether the original needed an American follow-up, Tjahjanto tweeted a gif of a battle-ready Ma Dong-seok, flanked by Gong Yoo and Choi Woo-sik as their passenger characters. The tweet from Wan recognized the responsibility his team had  “to rise above and beyond everyone’s expectations” and be on the ranks of classic remakes like “The Ring” (2002) and “Dawn of the Dead” (2004).

  • The original “Train to Busan” (2016) was a global hit, smashing box office sales and earning over $95 million upon its release.

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