We already knew that James Wan was producing a Train To Busan remake for New Line. But as is the case for many projects Wan is involved in nowadays, he won’t be helming the film himself. But the studio has landed an interesting name to sit in the director’s chair: Timo Tjahanto, who recently directed The Night Comes For Us at Netflix.
That one is an action-thriller starring The Raid duo Iko Uwais and Joe Taslim.
It’s also brutally violent, which is likely one of the major reasons why Tjahanto got the Train To Busan gig, as you’d expect a zombie horror to have plenty of blood. Tjahanto also has horror experience too, having provided the Safe Haven segement of horror anthology film, V/H/S 2.
The original Train To Busan was directed by Yeon Sang-ho, and debuted in 2016 to critical acclaim. The film revolves around a workaholic father just trying to take the train with his distant daughter, when a frenzied, weirdly fast army of the undead starts causing trouble, to put it mildly.
The film broke box office records in South Korea and was popular in other countries too, so a Hollywood remake was inevitable. Gary Dauberman (The Nun) is writing the script, and the film boasts Judson Scott, Sidonie Dumas, Christophe Riandee, and Johanna Byer as executive producers.
Wan is known to produce lots of horror projects, including Annabelle, Lights Out, and many of the Conjuring films after directing the first one. His involvement usually lends a steady hand to the project, and hopefully he can do the same here, while allowing Tjahanto to craft the film in his own (possibly very violent) image.
Wan has a couple of other producing projects in the pipeline, including a Mortal Kombat film and slasher There’s Someone Inside Your House, which is expected to hit Netflix this month.