[Warning: Spoilers for “Train to Busan” are included below]
Yeon Sang-ho’s South Korean zombie film “Train to Busan” opened in U.S. theaters in July, and those who have gotten around to seeing it can probably tell why the film has become a box office phenomenon in its home country. Combining elements of “Snowpiercer” and “World War Z,” the energized horror flick follows a group of passengers who must survive a zombie outbreak while on a speeding train and features the kind of virtuoso camerawork and adrenaline-fueled set pieces that make you stand up and cheer.
The film has earned over $10 million in South Korea alone and is expected to cross the $100 million mark at the global box office this month, which has made sequel talks inevitable. Despite reservations from Sang-ho, lead actor Gong Yoo has gone on record saying that he hopes the blockbuster is the start of a zombie franchise. But how could the franchise continue? Soo has some ideas, though they unfortunately don’t involve his character, who fell off the train in a climactic fight and supposedly died.
“I talked about this with Director Yeon Sang Ho, and I said that I thought my character Seok Woo might be living somewhere as a zombie,” Yoo told press. “But Director Yeon said that when Seok Woo fell off the train, he broke his neck and died. But I suppose since Ma Dong Seok‘s character is living on as a zombie, they could do a sequel from his character’s perspective.”
A zombie movie from the perspective of the undead could be a pretty inventive spin on the genre, and Sang-ho certainly has the energetic camerawork to bring that story to life. The director released an animated prequel to the film in August.
“Train to Busan” is still playing in select U.S. theaters.