Netflix partners with Train to Busan director on a new original series called Hellbound
Netflix, the world’s leading streaming entertainment service, has announced that it is partnering with Korean director Yeon Sang-ho (Seoul Station, Psychokinesis), best known for his box office hit Train to Busan. Netflix will produce a new Korean original series called Hellbound (this is still a working title), in which supernatural beings appear out of nowhere to condemn people to hell. It doesn’t matter whether these events are a blessing or a curse: a new religious group is interpreting them all as the will of the divine. What unfolds through this predicament is an intense and highly-charged story about people who must survive under conditions of utter social chaos.
Hellbound is based on a webtoon, titled Hell or 지옥 in Korean, which received a lot of a attention. Yeon Sang-ho will collaborate with illustrator Choi Gyu-seok (Songgot) on the script, while Yeon will also direct the production, in order to expand Hellbound upon the themes and views introduced in the webtoon.
Yeon Sang-ho’s Train To Busan was a big South Korean hit in 2016 (one of the most successful movies released in South Korea) set during a zombie virus outbreak where passengers struggle to survive on the train from Seoul to Busan. If you like this type of movies I highly recommend to watch it as it is one of the best zombie movies ever made. A sequel called Peninsula (also directed by Yeon Sang-ho) will be released in Korean theaters in the coming months and you can learn more about it here.