Firebird Pictures, a BBC Studios label, has signed a contract with the Korean producer of Oscar-winning film Parasite CJ ENM to acquire the rights to remake popular Korean drama format Train in the United Kingdom.

CJ ENM’s popular Korean drama Train follows the story of a detective who investigates a case that leads him to a world divided into two parallel universes. Moving back and forth between the two worlds, he finds out that his love may be gone in one world, but she’s very much alive in the other. While tracking down the truth behind his love’s death, he simultaneously tries to protect her in the other, uncovering the connection between the two universes.

Elizabeth Kilgarriff, CEO, Firebird Pictures, said: “When we first saw Train we knew immediately that it had the magic combination of all brilliant television series: clever and propulsive story-telling of epic proportions, but with an utterly relatable and compelling emotional heart running through every scene. With two unforgettable central characters, Train is a love story, a detective show, a journey across the multiverse; a story that defies expectations at every turn and one that we can’t wait to re-tell in a British setting”.

Diane Min, Head of Format Sales, CJ ENM, commented: “With the partnership with Firebird Pictures, we are excited to see a new version of the beloved drama Train.”

Firebird Pictures’ credits include major, new, six-part series Wilderness for Amazon Prime Video, starring Jenna Coleman and Oliver Jackson-Coleman, based on BE Jones’ novel and written by Marnie Dickens, which is due to air this year. It is also in production with its adaption of Nikki May’s best-selling debut novel Wahala, written by Theresa Ikoko for BBC One.

CJ ENM is a leading entertainment company founded in Korea in 1995. It has created, produced and distributed content, including Oscar-winning film Parasite, musical Kinky Boots, Korean films including Roaring Currents and TV series such as Guardian: The Lonely and Great God, I Can See Your Voice.

CJ ENM has three major production and distribution studios: Studio Dragon, U.S.-based studio Endeavor Content and K-OTT content production studio CJ ENM Studios.


Pippa Considine

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