The Sequel To Korean Zombie Thriller 'Train To Busan' Is Happening
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Heads up, zombie fans: the critically acclaimed Korean blockbuster zombie film Train to Busan is getting a sequel.
Director Yeon Sang Ho confirmed in Metro that filming will begin in early 2019 for the hit movie's second installment, which will be called 'Peninsula'.
The original film was a huge success in Korea when it was released in summer 2016, becoming the first film that year to attract more than 10 million Korean cinemagoers.
It grossed $93.1m worldwide and became the highest grossing film in Malaysia, Hong Kong and Singapore.
It is currently the 11th best-selling film in Korean history.
Not wanting to give too much away, Yeon Sang Ho told Metro: "It's still in an early stage, so there's nothing decided yet. There's just an early version of the scenario, and the working title is 'Peninsula'."
He did confirm, however, that Gong Yoo, the lead actor from the original film, and the rest of the cast of 'Train to Busan' will not be a part of the new film - and it won't be set on a train.
The new film will be set in a city, and Yeon Sang Ho will be hoping it's more successful than his latest film, 'Psychokinesis' - Korea's first superhero film which was released earlier this year and tells the story of a bank security guard who gains telekinetic superpowers after drinking meteor-infected water and uses them against an evil construction company. Naturally.
Unfortunately - but perhaps predictably, given that loose run-down of its synopsis - the film bombed, selling less than a million tickets and grossing under $7m.
But he will be hoping 'Train to Busan''s strong reputation will carry onto the sequel film and translate into box office success.
The original film tells the story of workaholic, absentee father Seok-woo, whose daughter Su-an wants to travel to Busan to visit her mother.
They board the train at Seoul and, as you might've guessed, a zombie apocalypse breaks out and all hell breaks loose.
There are the classic subsidiary characters on the train that some might consider a bit cliched - the egotistical businessman, the teenage lovers - but it makes it work through its combination of thrilling, violent zombie action and a genuinely emotional core.
We're hoping the sequel will step up to the mark to match this Korean classic.