Zombie Movie’s Remake Rights For Sale
Seems that zombies are currently stalking the international sales arena. A number of film companies, including Sony, 20th Century Fox and France’s Canal Plus are, according to The Hollywood Reporter, bidding to purchase remake rights of a hot property coming out of South Korea.
Deon Sang-ho, an acclaimed animator makes his directorial debut with Train to Busan – a tale about a zombie epidemic which ravages Seoul and prompts a band of people to frantically board a bullet train to Busan – a city which seems to have escaped the outbreak.
The film, which has, to date, raked in over $63 million at the South Korean box office, has generated good buzz at this year’s Cannes Film Festival and Fantasia Fest, an annual fantasy film festival which takes place in Montreal.
Gong Yoo plays a father who, just as the zombie outbreak is getting underway, takes his young daughter on a train ride to see her mother. What he doesn’t know is that an infected person is on board the train and is ready to start biting other passengers.
Contents Panda, the international rights section of Next Entertainment Network (NEW), the company responsible for producing Train to Busan is heading up the sale.
Danny Lee, a senior Manager at Contents Panda, says the film has raked up plenty of interest from potential buyers.
Let’s hope we all get a chance to see this South Korean indie, which shows that zombies are still rampaging through the movie aisles, before it gets the remake treatment.