Deadline is exclusively reporting that Timo Tjahjanto is in negotiations with New Line to direct the remake of South Korean zombie-thriller hit Train To Busan.
The original film, released in 2016, follows Seok-Woo, a divorced fund manager who begrudgingly accepts to take his young daughter Su-an to her mother in Busan as her birthday gift. They arrive at a station in Seoul to board the KTX, a High-Speed rail, which is also occupied by working-class husband Sang-hwa and his pregnant wife Seong-kyeong, a high school baseball team, rich but selfish COO Yon-suk, elderly sisters In-gil and Jong-gil, and a homeless man. Unfortunately for them however, someone else boards the train that happens to be have been bitten and is beginning to turn, leading to a struggle of survival for those on board the train heading to Busan..
The film was a box office hit, earning $87.5m worldwide with its $8.5m budget. Tjahjanto’s other directorial credits include Headshot and The Night Comes For Us.
Atomic Monster’s James Wan and Michael Clear will produce the project alongside Gaumont’s Nicolas Atlan, Terry Kalagian, Coin Operated’s Gary Dauberman, who also wrote the script for the remake. Judson Scott, Sidonie Dumas, Christophe Riandee and Johanna Byer will serve as executive producers.