New Line has picked the director for the planned remake of South Korean hit Train to Busan, which depicted passengers struggling to survive on a train as a zombie virus broke out.
Set to direct the new film based on the 2016 blockbuster is Timo Tjahjanto, who has seemed destined for big things with a trajectory that includes gnarly-as-hell, but well-crafted films such as Headshot, Macabre and Killers, all of which he crafted as one half of The Mo brothers. In solo capacity, he directed 2018 Netflix action film The Night Comes for Us, a bloody, kick-ass flick that we loved.
“The train comes for us,” the filmmaker posted on Instagram.
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Set to write the adapted screenplay for the Train to Busan remake is Gary Dauberman, who’s collaborated with Wan various of times, having written a number of the Wan-produced Conjuring films (Annabelle, Annabelle: Creation, Annabelle Comes Home – the latter, he also directed). Dauberman is also attached to both write and direct Salem’s Lot, a new adaptation of Stephen King’s 1975 horror novel. And yes, Wan is producing that one too.
Dauberman will be producing the new Train to Busan via his Coin Operated banner, along with Atomic Monster’s Wan and Michael Clear, and Gaumont’s Terry Kalagian and Nicolas Atlan.
2016’s Train to Busan, directed by Sang-Ho Yeon, got rave reviews out the gate at Cannes and went on to gather a wide release that drew in over $US92 million worldwide. Yeon directed a 2020 sequel, Train to Busan Presents: Peninsula, although that failed to match the praise and box office garnered by its predecessor.
In case you haven’t seen Tjahjanto’s The Night for Us yet, here’s a look at the trailer:
And for good measure, the trailer for Train to Busan:
Deadline broke the news of Tjahjanto’s hiring.