Turns out rumbles and tumbles and rumors and innuendos sometimes make their way into reality. This summer’s super hit, Train to Busan has officially been picked up by a production company and is getting remade here in the states!
If you haven’t had a chance to see Train to Busan (or as I like to call it, Zombies on a Train — ‘Let’s get these mother flippin’ zombies off this mother flippin’ train!’ you totally should as it is an excellent movie.
I should know, I shelled out cash to see it in the theater.
And this is the girl who isn’t super crazy about horror and has an actual phobia on zombie movies in particularly. I can’t even watch the commercials. But this? This was good — even if I had to watch it with my dress pulled up over my head. Literally. Thank god I wear shorts underneath.
Anyway, it was so well done, so compelling and such a freaking shake your money maker that, of course, US movie makers sat up and took notice.
Who can’t resist the lure of all that pretty, pretty money?
As the giant lure for me to break my standing zombie embargo was Gong Yoo, and this American one will be decidedly Gong Yoo-less, I think I’ll wish this version well and send it on its way.
I’m actually wondering if the US version will be as successful — actually — as we as a nation love us some zombies so I’m sure it will do just fine ticket sales wise, but will it be as compelling? Part of the layers which was so successful in the movie was the layers, the stripping down of social norms, all while re-finding your humanity. Plus? Where will this train be heading? Busy, emotionally shut off business man guilted into taking his daughter on a train to go see her mother? What busy business man here in the US has the time to go anywhere of distance via train? It’s just not practical. Unless it’s like Train to DC. Train to Boston?
Busy, emotionally shut off business man guilted into taking his daughter on a train to go see her mother? What busy business man here in the US has the time to go anywhere of distance via train? It’s just not practical. Unless it’s like Train to DC. Train to Boston?
Guess that one would fit letter wise. Train to Boise?
Whatever it is, I do wish the movie well as it can’t help but raise Gong Yoo’s profile, however, I don’t think it really is an indicator of the spread of Korean entertainment. Look at a lot of horror movies — many of them have ties to Korea or Japan. And money is money. Zombies on a train brought in so much money producers can’t help but take notice no matter the country of origin.
This news is so new there isn’t any further info like casting or plot, but you better believe even though I don’t plan on watching the actual movie (unless they cast Gong Yoo) I’m going to keep an eye out otherwise.