French studio Gaumont is set to remake the hit Korean zombie film “Train to Busan” into English for the international market. Gaumont and Next Entertainment World announced the joint deal on Wednesday.
The film premiered at Cannes and immediately attracted sales interest with the likes of Fox, Sony, Studiocanal and Europacorp all pursuing remake rights. Kim Woo-taek, CEO of NEW, said in a statement:
“We are more than happy to start our business with Gaumont, one of the greatest film companies with rich experience in terms of global projects. We hope this opportunity could let Korean films get more attention and be familiar with the audience all over the world.”
Animator Yeon Sang-ho directed the film set inside a high-speed train from Seoul to Busan when a zombie outbreak kicks off. The film has grossed $80.5 million in Korea alone since its July release.
The remake will be set in the U.S. with the production to shoot in Los Angeles.