Back in 2016, it was revealed that there was interest in a reimagining of Yeon Sang-ho's Train to Busan, with the French studio Gaumont acquiring US remake rights to the South Korean box office zombie hit. While the news front regarding the remake has been quiet for quite some time, it's now being reported that the remake has a writer and producer—and they're two of the most successful and prolific people working in the horror genre today.
Deadline reports that Gary Dauberman (2017's IT) is going to write the Train to Busan remake, with James Wan (Insidious, The Conjuring) on board to produce along with Gaumont.
While the remake is still officially looking for a home, Collider reports that New Line Cinema is in "final negotiations" to pick up the rights to remake Train to Busan. If New Line Cinema closes the deal, then they'll win a bidding war that includes Universal, Paramount, Lionsgate, and Screen Gems.
On the verge of making his directorial debut with the third Annabelle movie, Dauberman is one of the most in-demand horror writers working today. He's written four films in The Conjuring cinematic universe (the most recent being The Nun), he's working on the new Swamp Thing series (which is also being produced by James Wan) for DC Universe, he's writing an Are You Afraid of the Dark? film for Paramount, he came on board 2017's IT to write the latest draft for the film, and he also wrote the screenplay for IT: Chapter Two.
We'll keep Daily Dead readers updated on further details. In the meantime, for those unfamiliar with the original Train to Busan, we have the official synopsis and trailer:
"TRAIN TO BUSAN is a harrowing zombie horror-thriller that follows a group of terrified passengers fighting their way through a countrywide viral outbreak, trapped on a suspicion-filled, blood-drenched bullet train ride to the Safe Zone…which may or may not still be there."