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Gaumont picks up the US remake rights for Train To Busan

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Train To Busan

French Studio GAUMONT has picked up the US remake rights of Train to Busan directed by Yeon Sang-ho, one of the biggest box office hits in Korea of all times.

The Korean hit, produced by RedPeter Film, and released by NEW reached over 11.565.459 admissions / 83.5 mil USD at the Korean box office up to date.

Train to Busan is a disaster blockbuster that depicts a mysterious virus that was overthrown over the whole country of Korea, of the people who had jumped on the train to Busan fighting for their lives on their journey. Train to Busan is rewriting a new history in Korean cinema as it was the first zombie blockbuster that made a huge success in Korea. It had more than a hundred million audiences with the highest gross rate of the year.

A mysterious viral outbreak pushes Korea into a state of emergency. The government declares martial law just as divorced Seok-woo and his daughter catch the KTX bullet train from Seoul to Busan to see her mother. But someone on the journey has been recently infected sending the hurtling carriages into complete chaos. As the living dead transform the voyage into a nightmare excursion, father and daughter and a small group of uninfected passengers must fight for survival. Get on board to stay alive!

Alan reviewed the film at this years FrightFest and said it was “ferocious and epic, Train to Busan is not just a super impressive zombie flick, it is also a study in selfishness versus selflessness and will leave you with a tear in your eye.”

Check out his full review.

Train to Busan is the live action debut from Korean animator Yeon Sang-ho. It stars Yoo Gong (The Suspect, Silenced), Yu-mi Jeong (Silenced, Chaw, A Bittersweet Life), Ma Dong-seok (Midnight FM, The Good, The Bad and The Weird), and An So-hee (Hellcats, Entourage).

Gaumont will package and produce the anticipated English-speaking remake of the film.

Danny Lee and Vincent Kim at Contents Panda, in charge of international sales and distribution of Train to Busan, negotiated the deal with Cecile Gaget, Head of Int’l Production and Distribution, on behalf of Gaumont.

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