Train To Busan director Yeon Sang-ho has discussed plans for a new film in his hugely-popular zombie franchise.
Yeon is currently riding high on the success of his Netflix series Hellbound, but it was his first film, Train To Busan, that put him on the map.
The film was released to critical and audience acclaim in 2016, becoming a classic. Train To Busan’s setting, character development, and terrifying fast-moving zombies make it one of the best horror movies of the genre.
Following its success, Yeon followed up Train To Busan with a sequel in 2020 titled Train To Busan: Peninsula, but it wasn’t great and failed to live up to fans’ expectations. He has also made a superhero film, 2018’s Psychokinesis, and the aforementioned Hellbound.
Earlier this week, Yeon discussed his plans with Variety, he said:
“I believe that the zombie genre is very traditional but at the same time, depending on what you bring to that, it can be completely new. Personally, I do have some ideas in terms of further development of what happens after Peninsula.”
“But as for whether I will create that into a film, it’s something that I do want to do. However, because there are a lot of productions that I’m working on currently, I’m thinking that I have to sort of organize the ideas and work on what I have to work on. Up until now, I have been someone who’s been an individual creator. But these days I’m thinking that maybe I need to come up with a system in order to really bring all of my creative visions to life.”
“There are a lot of ideas I’ve been tossing around but I personally think that for Train to Busan, I would like to continue that as a film series. In Korea, the circumstances are not very favourable to create a series in the Korean language with visuals that are comparable to Train to Busan the film and also, you know, I have to work with … the distributor that we started on the original film as well. So I think taking into consideration all of those conditions, a film series would be the most feasible.”
“I would say that — in terms of that universe — they’ll all become related together. Peninsula was a post-apocalyptic film that focused on the car chases. The story that I’m thinking about after that would be closer to Train to Busan, where the story will be carried out in a small and restricted space. That’s something that I have in mind currently. So in terms of the genre, you could say that it’s between Train to Busan and Peninsula.”
Yeon’s new TV series, Hellbound, which is based on his webtoon of the same name, premiered on Netflix on November 19 and has since overtaken Squid Game as the most-watched series.
Hellbound is a part police procedural and part supernatural horror show involving literal Demons coming to Earth and condemning people to hell.
We’ll bring you more on Train To Busan 3 when he find out.