Tickets please — the Train to Busan sequel is finally moving forward and has an updated arrival time. While news of Train to Busan 2 is nothing new, things have been quiet for a couple of years when it comes to the zombie outbreak.
Director Yeon Sang-ho is getting back on the tracks with a sequel to his 2016 masterpiece. Making its mark on the 2016 Cannes Film Festival with a unique idea, Train to Busan followed a rag-tag band of passengers who are trapped on a moving train (to Busan) in the midst of a viral outbreak.
Although there were all the usual character tropes of a grumpy father and his distant daughter, a pregnant woman, and an arrogant businessman, there was something different about Train to Busan. The movie wrapped with the potential of a sequel, and now, it’s finally becoming a reality.
Soompi confirms Train to Busan 2, aka Peninsula, will be hitting the rails on August 12, 2020 in Korea. Don’t get too excited just yet. A source from distributor NEW confirmed, “Though it is true that we are currently aiming for a summer 2020 release, we have not made any decisions regarding specific details for premiere dates in or outside of Korea.”
The cast of Peninsula includes Kang Dong Won, Lee Jung Hyun, Lee Re, Kwon Hae Hyo, Kim Min Jae, and Goo Kyo Hwan. The story reportedly picks up four years after Train to Busan‘s credits rolled as the remnants of the human race “fight to escape the land that is in ruins due to an unprecedented disaster”.
It’s all pretty standard zombie movie fodder, and I worry if Peninsula is lacking the USP of Train to Busan. However, this isn’t the first continuation of the Busan world. Less than a month after the movie was released, an animated prequel called Seoul Station came into our lives.
Elsewhere, Hollywood is still planning its own western remake. Probably starring Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, or some sort of A-list Chris, you can only imagine the inferior movie compared to Sang-ho’s original.
There’s a lot riding on a Busan sequel considering the original sits pretty on Rotten Tomatoes at 93% and broke records to become the highest-grossing Korean film in Malaysia, Hong Kong, and Singapore.
At least Sang-ho himself is back for Peninsula to make the ravenous dreams of Train to Busan fans a reality by resurrecting the franchise.
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