Watch: The new trailer for ‘Peninsula’
Studiocanal has confirmed it will release Train To Busan Presents: Peninsula in UK and Irish cinemas from 6 November.
The film will have its UK premiere at Sheffield’s Celluloid Screams festival on 23 October, followed by special previews over the Halloween weekend, before its full release into select cinemas the following week. Watch the new trailer above.
The sequel to Yeon Sang-ho’s 2016 Korean zombie hit Train To Busan has been a huge hit internationally, and UK horror fans have been patiently waiting for its launch here ever since its Cannes Film Festival debut was cancelled by the coronavirus pandemic.
The film picks up the story four years after the events of Train To Busan which saw a group of citizens trapped on a speeding train while a zombie outbreak ravaged the surrounding countryside. Peninsula follows a different group of characters travelling across the country that has been entirely overrun by the living dead.
An animated prequel Seoul Station, also directed by Yeon, was also released in 2016.
Peninsula will also be available on DVD, Blu-Ray and EST from 30 November, and will also include the limited edition HMV Exclusive First Edition and Train to Busan Trilogy Blu-ray Boxset. All formats will come with the Peninsula: Making Of featurettes – The Action; The Characters; The Director; and The Sequel.
Watch: A clip from Train To Busan below
The news follows yesterday’s statement from Studiocanal that it is committed to ensuring ‘UK cinemas are provided with new content’ in the wake of major studios delaying their biggest blockbusters to 2020.
The recent delay of No Time To Die prompted Cineworld to close 127 cinemas ‘temporarily’, citing a lack of major releases for dwindling revenues.
The shortage of new films being released is a “massive problem” for cinemas, the owner of an independent venue has said.
Tyrone Walker-Hebborn, who owns Genesis Cinema in east London, said he is not surprised 127 Cineworld and Picturehouse cinemas are to close from Thursday. He added that the delays are “very, very shortsighted”.
“For me, it seems as if they want that hundred-million dollar opening weekend and they think by delaying a film until next year, more cinemas are going to be open,” he said.
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“What they haven’t factored in is cinemas can’t just keep open on no new product, especially cinemas that are as commercial as Cineworld.”
Mr Walker-Hebborn added: “The screens won’t be there for these guys to get that hundred million dollar opening weekend.
“You only have to take it one step further to realise what’s going to happen.”
Train To Busan is currently streaming on Shudder.