It’s official: Snowpiercer will be rolling onto the small screen.
2013 post-apocalyptic sci-fi film Snowpiercer marked the first English-language film for talented South Korean filmmaker Bong Joon-ho (The Host, Mother, Okja). An adaptation of the French graphic novel Le Transperceneige, the film starred Chris Evans, Song Kang-ho, Tilda Swinton, and Ed Harris, among others, and told of a desolate, cold future where the only survivors travel on the Snowpiercer, a train that travels around the globe. A class system has emerged; one that is about fall apart.
A television adaptation is now officially on the way, thanks to a 10-episode series order from cable company TNT. Academy Award winner Jennifer Connelly and Daveed Diggs – the latter of whom broke out in the stage musical hit Hamilton – are set to star.
“I’m a personal fan of Bong Joon Ho’s epic film, and jumped at the chance to honor his original vision, yet expand upon the world and characters with a diverse, award-winning cast,” Sarah Aubrey, EVP of original programming at TNT, said in a statement. “Science fiction is the perfect genre to examine issues of race, class, gender and natural resources with thought-provoking and exciting storytelling. Snowpiercer will explore those relevant issues while embarking on a wild, action-filled ride.”
The pilot has been directed by Scott Derrickson, whose feature credits include Doctor Strange, Sinister and Deliver Us from Evil. War of the Worlds and Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles scribe Josh Friedman wrote the script.
We’ll let you know when more comes to light, such as who’s going to be on board as showrunner and when a premiere date has been chosen.
Here’s the trailer for Joon-ho’s impressive film:
Source: TV Line