Yeon Sang-ho’s standout K-horror entry “Train to Busan” from 2016 balances unexpected, bloody bursts of comedy with a nail-shredding “Snowpiercer”-esque train ride through a zombie apocalypse. Now, the South Korean auteur is set to scare up audiences again with his next project, a supernatural horror show for Netflix titled “Hellbound.”
As reported by Screen Daily, Yeon will direct the series, based on the Korean K-horror web cartoon “Hell.” Yeon will work on the script with illustrator Choi Gyu-seok, an artist known for the webtoon “Songgot” in Korea, which was adapted into a TV drama in 2015. Produced by Lezhin Studio, “Hellbound” will tell a similarly chaotic horror story akin to “Train to Busan.” The Netflix series will be set in a society under chaos after a pack of supernatural beings show up to start condemning people to hell. Up rises a new religious group that believes these being are sent from god.
After “Train to Busan” became a worldwide phenomenon, earning $92 million at the global box office — and it’s currently streaming on Netflix — Yeon set a sequel in the same universe as that original zombie film. “Peninsula” is set four years after the events of “Train to Busan,” and it stars Gang Dong-won as a soldier who managed to get out of zombie-infested South Korea, where the government has completely collapsed and turned the country into a slum. However, he’s sent back to Korea to retrieve something valuable, but his return is of course complicated by infected and non-infected people alike. The sequel is currently awaiting release.
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“The scale of ‘Peninsula’ can’t compare to ‘Train to Busan,’ it makes it look like an independent film,” Yeon told Screen about the sequel last month. “’Train to Busan’ was a high-concept film shot in narrow spaces whereas ‘Peninsula’ has a much wider scope of movement.” Yeon also said films including “Land of the Dead,” “The Road,” “Mad Max,” and “Mad Max: Fury Road” all inspired “Peninsula,” as well as the manga series “Akira.”
In “Train to Busan,” “The Age of Shadows” star Gong Yoo plays Seok-woo, a workaholic who’s distracted by his job in finance, and estranged from his kid daughter and wife, who lives in Busan. For her birthday, Seok-Woo agrees to agrees to take her to her mother in Busan via train from Seoul to Busan. But a meant-to-be-simple father-daughter journey turns into the ride from hell, as a virus of unknown origin rapidly spreads on the train, transforming victims into zombies in swift and hideous ways.
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