20th Century Fox, Sony Pictures and several French studios including Gaumont, Canal Plus and EuropaCorp are all reportedly in competition to nab the remake rights to South Korea’s first zombie blockbuster “Train to Busan”.
Next Entertainment World is behind the film which is currently in release and is smashing box-office records with a $38.8 million gross in its first five days and a total of $63.9 million in South Korea alone so far.
Acclaimed animator Yeon Sang-ho made his live-action directorial debut with the film which chronicles the chaos that ensues after a deadly virus sweeps through Korea. Passengers aboard a bullet train from Seoul to the southern port city of Busan, which is safe from the outbreak, must fight for survival.
The French studios in particular are said to be keen on the project due to the prevalence of bullet trains within that country. The film scored solid notices at the Cannes Film Festival in May, but those who have the rights claim they are in “no rush” to make deals.
Source: Heat Vision