Sony, Fox Trying to Catch Remake of Korea’s ‘Train to Busan’
Art and Experience: Korean zombie blockbuster “Train to Busan” is speeding towards remake deals in Hollywood and France. Sony Pictures and 20th Century Fox are among the U.S. front runners.
“Although no deal has yet been decided or signed, we’re in talks with major studios and indie production houses in Hollywood and France that are highly interested in remaking the film,” a source close to the negotiations told Variety.
The film was backed by Next Entertainment World and represented internationally by NEW’s sales arm Contents Panda.
Bidders from Hollywood include Sony and Fox, while from France interested parties include Gaumont, Canal Plus and EuropaCorp. Deals may be finalized later this month.
“As France has its own high-speed train TGV, just like Korea’s KTX where the movie is set, companies in France have been particularly very passionate about remaking the original story,” the source said.
Offers were made after the movie’s premiere in Cannes, more followed after the film became a smash hit at the Korean box office — $61 million in 12 days — and enjoyed a fine opening in North America. Released in North America by WellGo USA, “Train” has ridden off with $716,000 to date.
The Hollywood Reporter first reported the remake interest news.