The reports state that the deal was unveiled jointly by Gaumont and the film’s Korean distributor-financier Next Entertainment World. The film premiered at the Cannes festival in May and attracted immediate interest, with big Hollywood studios such as Fox and Sony looking to pursue a deal as well as French studios Studiocanal and EuropaCorp.
The CEO of Next Entertainment World, Kim Woo-taek said:
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.
CEO of Gaumont, Sidonie Dumas said:
We’re excited to start working on the U.S adaptation that will mark our first foray into English-language moviemaking in Los Angeles.
The film has us follow 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.
Honestly I’m not surprised that an English-language remake was on the cards but I am surprised that Gaumont is the studio that has secured the rights. It’ll be interesting to see who they end up attaching to the project.