Director Yeon Sang-ho has shared some enticing details regarding the highly-anticipated follow-up to his 2016 zombie hit, Train to Busan. Plus, two new pics (above and below).
The South Korean horror film was a hugely entertaining thrill-ride that followed characters aboard a train as a zombie takeover unfolds. If you haven’t seen – you’re really missing out.
As for the follow-up, it’s not exactly a sequel, per se. As Sang-ho told Screen Daily: “It takes place four years after Train To Busan, in the same universe, but it doesn’t continue the story and has different characters.”
Get ready for Peninsula, which finds Korea turned into a post-apocalyptic ghetto wasteland by the outbreak. We’ll follow a former soldier, played by Gang Dong-won (1987: When the Day Comes, Illang: The Wolf Brigade), who’s managed to escape the titular area. He’s sent back with a crew on a mission to retrieve “something,” and comes under attack. It also turns out that there are more non-infected survivors still on the peninsula. Actress Lee Jung-hyun (The Battleship Island) and child actress Lee Re play two survivors.
Train to Busan was much more of a big action-blockbuster type of zombie film – its big set pieces and momentum making it something more akin to World War Z than 28 Days Later. Surprising, then, that it only cost $US8.5 million to produce (when that’s a dent of just the marketing costs for Hollywood tentpoles). Peninsula will be doubling that budget, coming in at around $US16 million. According to Sang-ho, they’re delivering something much bigger this time around.
“The scale of Peninsula can’t compare to Train To Busan, it makes it look like an independent film. Train To Busan was a high-concept film shot in narrow spaces whereas Peninsula has a much wider scope of movement.”
Peninsula is expected to (hopefully) hit cinemas later this year.
And check out a couple of the previously-released posters…