Train to Busan is arguably one of the coolest zombie movies ever made. The 2016 Korean movie directed by Sang-ho Yeon not only received widespread critical acclaim, it also grossed more than $90 million at the global box office. If you’re a fan, I’ve got great news for you, Sang-ho Yeon is currently planning a sequel.
Titled Peninsula, the film will follow a soldier who escapes from the zombie-infected South Korea. But later, he and his crew are deployed back to South Korea for a mission. There they meet uninfected survivors and feel the wrath of zombie attacks.
But if the film is a sequel to Train to Busan, then why is it titled Peninsula? In an interview with ScreenDaily, Sang-ho Yeon had this to say:
It takes place four years after Train To Busan, in the same universe, but it doesn’t continue the story and has different characters. Government authority has been decimated after the zombie outbreak in Korea, and there is nothing left except the geographical traits of the location – which is why the film is called Peninsula.
Yeon also said that he was initially sceptical about returning to the franchise after the surprise success of Train to Busan. But then, something inspired him.
The idea of being able to build a post-apocalyptic world – which would be sort of savage but also in a way like ancient times, or like ruined modern times, with rules of its own – was interesting to me. There could be many stories that could keep coming out of that world. Destroyed, isolated, extreme, but with hope of escape and humanism, and the way world powers would look at this place. There could be a lot of material with a lot of greater significance.