Passengers on a train from Seoul to Busan try to survive a zombie outbreak

The rights to remake South Korean zombie smash hit Train to Busan are currently the subject of a potential bidding war between a number of large US and European movie studios.

This film is not for the faint of heart

Train to Busan, an action-thriller written and directed by Yeon Sang-ho (Seoul Station, The Fake), tells the story of a small number of train passengers attempting to survive a zombie outbreak in the South Korean capital city of Seoul. The film has been racking up plaudits worldwide for its inventiveness and fantastic set-pieces, and was also received very favorably during its screening at the Cannes Film Festival back in May.

This will be director Yeon Sang-ho’s first major live-action film, but those familiar with his previous work will note the similarity in theme with one of his other works, the animated feature Seoul Station. Both films center around groups of people trying to survive in a world ravaged by zombies and both films take place within the cityscape of Seoul.

The stress of commuting is just too much for some

Topping the box office charts in its home territory upon release, Train to Busan has since gone on to make over $32,000,000 domestically and is currently closing in on $75,000,000 gross worldwide. With numbers like these, it is no surprise that studios as prestigious as 20th Century Fox, Sony Pictures and Canal Plus are lining up to produce a western remake.

With a remake some time off yet, why not check out the original? The official trailer can be found here.