News of the remake was broken back in February, with Indonesian director Timo Tjahjanto, reported to helm the film.
The 2016 zombie apocalypse film Train To Busan, etched its place as one of the most prolific and well-made films in the horror genre, earning a huge fan following across the globe. The film managed to catch the attention and admiration of even non-horror fans who praised the intelligent and thrilling storytelling, according to the film’s cult status. So of course it came as no surprise that Hollywood wanted to cash in on the film’s popularity, with an American remake of the film being announced, helmed by New Line Cinema.
The news, first reported by Deadline, sparked some impassioned responses by fans of the original with most, if not all, agreeing that a remake of the exemplary film was indeed unnecessary. People pointed out how the movie wasn’t just a standard horror flick but was instead also deeply rooted in South Korean history and culture as well, and even called the remake an attempt to ‘whitewash’ it.
Train to Busan is based on VERY Korean things like culture, history and class that is specific to Korea. Remaking it in the US will strip it of the things that made it special. Just watch the original.— Kat Cho (@KatCho) February 19, 2021
signed, a Korean person who is terrified of horror films but appreciates TTB
Everytime I see mention of the TRAIN TO BUSAN remake I shake my head (it's my fave movie of all time) because there's nuance to its very specific social commentary, as well as Westerners needing ti accept reading CC, & American studios feeling the need to top international films.— Black Women's Lives Matter. Carolyn Hinds (@CarrieCnh12) August 29, 2021
Some even resorted to creatively expressing their displeasure at the news in the form of some hilarious jokes and memes as well.
Train to Busan but the train's engine dies mid trip because the rail system has been underfunded and everyone dies— 🚩Sarah ( General Secretary )🚩☭🍊 (@commieactivity) February 20, 2021
cant believe americans are turning train to busan into road to california— serena moved (@linocitys) February 19, 2021
Among the clamour of protests, a few voices also chimed in with their approval of the remake as well, voicing their excitement at the upcoming film, which will reportedly feature Indonesian filmmaker Timo Tjahjanto in the director’s chair.
If you don't know the very obvious reason why the TRAIN TO BUSAN remake will be a must-see then it's time to stop lecturing about "read subtitles" and your superior knowledge of the cinema of the world and all that shit.— Vᴇʀɴ, obscure author (@outlawvern) August 29, 2021
People getting upset about not very recent TRAIN TO BUSAN remake news must not be familiar with Timo Tjahjanto's work. I get unreasonably excited anytime I see his name attached to a movie. Don't care what is it, give it to me now please.— Meagan Navarro (@HauntedMeg) August 29, 2021
Directed by Yeon Sang-ho, Train to Busan tells the story of how a sudden outbreak of a zombie apocalypse threatens the survival of a group of passengers on a high-speed train, bound to Busan from Seoul. Starring Gong Yoo, Jung Yu-mi, Ma Dong-Seok and Kim Su-an, among others, the film received critical acclaim, with some even calling it one of the best horror movies ever made.