Peninsula which is currently in post production is a follow up of the extremely iconic and well received Train To Busan. Whereas it may not be a direct continuation according to director Yeon Sang-Ho, who states “Peninsula is not a sequel to Train To Busan because it’s not a continuation of the story, but it happens in the same universe.”.
Peninsula is set four years after the horrific fallout of Train To Busan and the storyline will be featured around an ex-soldier who has escaped the Korean peninsula only to be given the mission of returning to the zombie infested wasteland to meet up with survivors.
After the success of the original, a slew of production companies and distributors have jumped at the chance to release the feature in their respective countries, and reports are also showing that Peninsula may be showing on in-flight entertainment.
According to ScreenDaily the countries that have already confirmed a release are “Latin America (BF Distribution), Hong Kong (Edko), Taiwan (Movie Cloud), the UK (Studio Canal), Japan (Gaga Corp), Spain (A Contracorriente Films), Germany and Benelux (Splendid Film), Australia and New Zealand (Purple Plan), in-flight (Emphasis), Philippines (Pioneer Films), Thailand (Sahamongkol Film), India (Kross Pictures), and Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and Vietnam (CLOVER Films).”
After its success at Cannes, Train To Busan raked in over $83m at the local box office and $50 million worldwide on a budget of less than $8.5 million.
Jed Benedict who is the VP of International Acquisitions and Productions over at Studio Canal in the UK said “We could not be more thrilled to board the next ride from the extraordinary Train to Busan film-making team, especially in such a ground-breaking year for Korean cinema.”.
We could not be more excited for the release of Peninsula, and with the distribution announcement coming shortly after the success of Parasite at the Oscars, we are hoping that this is the start of a trend for Korean cinema worldwide.
It is said that the movie will be released this summer, but no official date has been set yet.