New Line In Lead To Catch ‘Train To Busan’ Remake; Gary Dauberman Scripting, James Wan Producing Zombie Thriller – Update

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UPDATED, 4:40 PM: We’re hearing New Line Cinema has taken the pole position on acquiring the remake of Train to Busan, which Gary Dauberman will write and James Wan will produce alongside original rightsholder Gaumont.
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Cannes Film Market: Korea’s Ma Dong-seok Flexes Muscles in ‘Champion’

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Ma Dong-seok, the star of hits “Train to Busan” and “Along With the Gods: The Two Worlds,” next stars in “Champion” a Korean sports comedy that will make its debut at the Cannes Film Market. The film is backed by Warner Bros. as part of its local film production incentive and will be released next […]

FilMart: Zombie Thriller ‘Train to Busan’ Heads for VR Adaptation

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Pan-Asian hit film “Train to Busan,” is to be adapted as virtual reality property. It could be delivered as a piece of location-based entertainment, as well as a VR video game. Contents Panda, the world sales arm of South Korea’s Next Entertainment World said that it had signed a contract with Singapore’s Vividthree Productions to […]

What non-2017 pop culture did you finally get around to this year? 

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Welcome back to AVQ&A, where we throw out a question for discussion among the staff and readers. Consider this a prompt to compare notes on your interface with pop culture, to reveal your embarrassing tastes and experiences, and to ponder how our diverse lives all led us to convene here together. Got a question you’d

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Netflix Picks up ‘Train to Busan’ Director’s ‘Psychokinesis’

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Global streaming giant, Netflix has picked up “Psychokinesis,” the next film by Yeon Sang-ho. Yeon previously directed the the zombie thriller “Train to Busan,” which was a commercial and critical sensation across Asia. “Psychokinesis” is the story of a father who sets out to save his troubled daughter with superpowers that he discovers he possesses. […]

23 Scariest Horror Movies Streaming on Netflix and Amazon (Photos)

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Looking to get into the Halloween spirit with a scary movie night at home? If you have a Netflix or Amazon Prime subscription, you’ll have no shortage of options — but that also means a lot of crap to browse through, so TheWrap picked the best you should be searching for, instead.

“The Witch” (Amazon) — Robert Eggers has created one of the most challenging horror films of the year: a slow-burn tale of a Puritan family that is hunted by the occult and their peculiar farm goat, Black Philip. The unveiling of the goat’s true identity is one of the most deliciously chilling endings to a movie in recent memory.

“Rosemary’s Baby” (Amazon) — One of the greatest horror films of all-time. With little violence, “Rosemary’s Baby” is a masterclass on how to create the sense of existential dread that horror aims for. By couching its horror in the everyday activities and worries of a new mother, director Roman Polanski makes satanic cults feel all too plausible.

Wes Craven‘s New Nightmare” (Netflix) — This is a Freddy Krueger tale unlike any other. After a decade working on the legendary slasher franchise, Wes Craven turns the camera on himself and the people who made these films with him. “New Nightmare” is an exploration of how horror movies affect their creators, as well as a deconstruction of Freddy Krueger’s shift from Craven’s original vision as the ultimate nightmare to a goofy comic relief figure whose kills the audience had come to root for.

“The Mist” (Amazon Prime)
Frank Darabont took the reins on this Steven King adaptation and turned in a misanthropic masterpiece that is guaranteed to put everyone in a bad mood for all the right, art-related reasons.

“The Shining” (Netflix)
If any movie can lay claim to the title of best horror movie of all time, it’s Stanley Kubrick’s classic snowbound tale of madness. Nevermind that Stephen King hates it as an adaptation of his work. He’s wrong.

“Children of the Corn” (Netflix)
This list wouldn’t be complete without creepy children, and “Children of the Corn” is arguably the greatest creepy children movie ever. Sorry, Damien, but you’ve got nothing on these kids who murdered all the adults in town and now rule it for themselves.

“Sinister” (Netflix)
Director Scott Derrickson’s (“Doctor Strange”) horror opus is an incredible exercise in existential dread as a supernatural serial killer slowly tightens the noose around Ethan Hawke’s neck.

“From Dusk Till Dawn” (Amazon & Netflix) — Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino teamed up with George Clooney to create one of the greatest B-films ever made. Tarantino and Clooney play a pair of bank-robbing brothers who, along with a pastor and his family, must fight their way through a nightclub that turns out to be a haven for bloodthirsty vampires. If you’re familiar with Tarantino’s history in front of a camera, you know he’s going to face a very gruesome death.

“An American Werewolf In London” (Amazon & Netflix)– 35 years later, John Landis’ classic is still praised for having the most magnificent werewolf transformation scene of all time. Along with leaving you grossed out and terrified, “American Werewolf” will make you wonder “how did they do that?”.

“Sinister” (Netflix)
Director Scott Derrickson’s (“Doctor Strange”) horror opus is an incredible exercise in existential dread as a supernatural serial killer slowly tightens the noose around Ethan Hawke’s neck.
“The Blair Witch Project” (Netflix)
You might be tempted to hate the original “Blair Witch” film for kicking off horror’s obsession with the found footage subgenre — but that would be a disservice to how much better it was than nearly all of its imitators.

“The Babadook” (Netflix) — You’ll be hard-pressed to find a horror film as thoughtful and intelligent as this one. “The Babadook” is a parable about how grief and loss can consume those who suffer through it, and despite all the coaxing and cajoling you’ll get from friends, you’ll never be able to “just let go.” “The Babadook” shows the process of coming to terms with loss and preparing to spend the rest of your life living with that pain, even when it’s scarred over. This is proof that horror can move you as well as scare you.

“Hellraiser” (Netflix)
One of the best, and most neglected, horror story tropes is that of monsters from actual Hell who are looking to take you home with them to royally f— you up for all eternity. It’s a whole lot scarier than just the threat of being murdered.

“Hostel Part II” (Amazon Prime)
The adventures of unwitting college kids getting kidnapped so rich people can torture and murder them continues. But this underrated gem of a sequel transcends the “torture porn” label that accurately describes its predecessor. With female leads this time, “Hostel pt. II” has a really nice vindictive streak. It’s so good.

“Event Horizon” (Amazon Prime)
The “explorers go into space and find something terrible” subgenre of horror is pretty worn out at this point, but Paul WS Anderson’s trash masterpiece about a spaceship that accidentally flies to hell is still one of a kind.

“Friday the 13th” parts I through VIII (Amazon Prime)
You shouldn’t need me to tell you why you should take advantage of the first eight “Friday the 13th” movies all being on Prime. Just go watch them.

“Hated In The Nation” from “Black Mirror” (Netflix) — Yeah, it’s a TV episode rather than a movie, but at 89 minutes, the season 3 finale of Charlie Brooker’s smash hit sci-fi horror series might as well be a movie. “Hated In The Nation” explores how Twitter has transformed mob rule into an endless stream of harassment; and in the world this story weaves, that online hatred can literally kill.

“It Follows” (Netflix)

Director David Robert Mitchell captures the mundane safety of the Michigan suburbs and how it can all go sideways with “It Follows.” There are some underlying themes of sexual assault and believing women that are always poignant, but “It Follows” is mostly about an unstoppable monster that could look like anyone, and it’s creepy.

“The Void” (Netflix)

“The Void” is a Lovecraft-esque nightmare with some horrifying mutant creatures and spooky cultists. It captures the cosmic terror atmosphere of the material that inspires it, but better still, it uses some solid practical effects to put together some haunting monsters for its characters — trapped in a hospital as supernatural things go on all around them — to deal with.

“Green Room” (Amazon)

Never one to shy away from brutality and gore, writer and director Jeremy Saulnier’s “Green Room” both, and it’s terrifying. The story follows a young punk band who find themselves playing at a skinhead bar — and then witness a murder. For the rest of the movie, they struggle to survive Neo-Nazis who want to murder them. It’s one of Anton Yelchin’s last films, and he’s phenomenal in it.

“Honeymoon” (Netflix)

The feature film debut of director Leigh Janiak didn’t make a ton of money, but it’s secretly a strong, spooky horror movie about the people you think you know best. A recently married couple head out to a cabin in a small town for their honeymoon. Then the evil stuff starts happening, as husband Paul discovers wife Bea wandering and disoriented in the woods. Things go from bad to worse as Bea becomes more distant and weirder.

“Gerald’s Game” (Netflix)

The recently released Stephen King adaptation is really great at subverting expectations, and gets a lot of scary mileage out of a relatively simple but freaky concept. It’s also super easy to imagine a similar (although possibly less sexy) situation going awry makes the movie all the creepier.

“Absentia” (Amazon)

“Absentia” disarms with its early moments. It’s a fairly low-budget movie about a woman moving on after years of looking for her disappeared husband. Then he suddenly reappears, and everything takes a supernatural turn. The movie was originally funded on Kickstarter, and despite its humble beginnings, it has some great, spooky ideas at play.

“The Shrine” (Netflix)

A trip to an Eastern European country takes a turn for the disastrous as a group of journalists try to find out to an American traveler. With cult-member locals and possibly even demons to contend with, it makes you think you might want to at least learn the language of wherever you’re headed when you go overseas.

“The Devil’s Candy” (Netflix)

A family of heavy metal fans move to their dream house in Texas, but it’s not all great. The place is apparently haunted, and in true “Amityville Horror” fashion, dad Jesse, finds himself under some evil influence. But also there’s a huge scary, murdery neighbor to deal with.

Train to Busan” (Netflix)

There are tons of zombie movies on Netflix at this point, but “Train to Busan” does a pretty great job of differentiating itself. The story follows characters as they struggle to survive an infection moving through a train as the train barrels through a South Korea quickly slipping into apocalypse.

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Inaugural AACTA Asian Film Prize Spans Commercial Hits and Art House Gems

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Smash hits “Dangal,” “Train to Busan,” “Your Name” and “Wolf Warriors II” are among the films nominated for the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts’ best Asian film award. The prize is being presented for the first time by AACTA. The other five nominees include two more from India “Pink,” and “Kaasav: Turtle,” two […]

Cannes: Korean Thriller ‘Merciless’ Sold to 85 Territories

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South Korean crime thriller “The Merciless,” which bows in the Cannes festival’s midnight screenings section this month has racked up distribution deals in some 85 territories. Sales are handled by CJ Entertainment. Korean zombie action film “Train to Busan” was launched in the same slot last year and went on to be a smash hit… Read more »

Variety Names 10 Producers to Watch for 2017

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Variety has selected its 10 Producers to Watch for 2017, this year with a particular emphasis on the thriving international film scene. Having originally launched at the Cannes Festival in 1998, this year’s Variety Producers to Watch will again be presented on the Croisette for the first time in over 15 years. While they hail… Read more »

‘Handmaiden,’ ‘Bovary,’ ‘Train’ Lead Asian Film Awards Nominations

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Korea’s “The Handmaiden” leads the nominations for the Asian Film Awards, which took a strongly North East Asian tilt this year. Feng Xiaogang and his socio-political drama “I Am Not Madame Bovary” ranked second among the nominees. The AFA nominations were announced Wednesday in Hong Kong. The prizes will be presented on March 18 at… Read more »

2016 Hong Kong Box Office: Asian Cinema Cheered Despite 2% Drop

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Theatrical box office in Hong Kong shrank a modest 2% in 2016. But with two local films and a runaway Korean hit in the top ten, there was reason for Asian film makers to cheer the performance. Data from Hong Kong Box Office Ltd showed gross box office of US$252 million (HK$1.95 billion) compared with… Read more »

Korean Box Office Flat in 2016 Despite Local Hits

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Theatrical box office in South Korea grew by less than 2% in 2016 to KRW1.74 trillion. That was despite the performance by local films which had an outstanding year in critical terms and on international release. Korean films accounted for eight of the top ten chart places, with the year’s only 10-million admissions title “Train… Read more »

Macao Festival Names ‘Train to Busan’ as Asian Blockbuster of the Year

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South Korean horror hit “Train to Busan” has been named as “Asian Blockbuster Film 2016” by the inaugural International Film Festival & Award Macao. Live-action debut work by animation maverick Yeon Sang-ho (“Seoul Station”), the zombie actioner was a huge hit not only in its home country where it earned a total of $80.1 million from… Read more »

‘Train to Busan’ English-Language Remake Rights Go to Gaumont

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Hit Korean zombie film “Train to Busan” will be remade in English by French studio Gaumont. The deal was unveiled Wednesday jointly by Gaumont and the film’s Korean distributor-financier Next Entertainment World. The film premiered in the midnight screening section of the Cannes festival in May and attracted immediate sales and remake interest. Fox and… Read more »

Zombie ‘Train,’ Local Fare Power Korea’s Box Office

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The first nine months of 2016, were a relatively hot time for Korean films. Among the 167 million tickets sold between January and September, homegrown pics accounted for some 90 million, which is 54% of the total box office revenue, according to Korean Film Council data. In addition, eight of the 10 highest-grossing films of… Read more »

‘Seoul Station’ Follows Hit ‘Train to Busan’ With Sales Success

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“Seoul Station,” the animated companion piece to zombie horror hit “Train to Busan,” is to get wider international distribution following a raft of sales inked at the Asian Film Market in Busan. France’s ARP, Italy’s Tucker Film and Contracorriente Films, buying for Spain and Andorra, have each acquired territory rights to the film from Korea’s… Read more »

Busan: Market Finds Positives After Festival’s Difficult Year

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Having carefully lowered visitors’ expectations prior to the event, organizers of Busan’s 2016 Asian Film Market were able to sound an optimistic note at its finale on Tuesday. A final communique reported an increase in the number of companies participating in the market. It also proclaimed that the Busan market has “grown to become a… Read more »

Busan: Bu-il Awards Provide Counterpoint to Festival

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Ryoo Seung-wan’s “Veteran” won the best film prize at the 25th Bu-il Film Awards, a local film awards event organized by Busan Daily newspaper. The hit action comedy starring Hwang Jung-min and Yoo Ah-in also took the best cinematography award for Choi Young-hwan. Launched in 1958, Bu-il Film Awards is one of the longest-running film… Read more »