TNT has officially ordered a pilot for a Snowpiercer TV series based on the grungy cult-hit sci-fi film by Bong Joon Ho, set on an enormously long train endlessly travelling through an icy post-apocalypse. A bit like travelling on a Southeastern train over New Year then.
The hour-long pilot is being executive-produced by writer-showrunner Josh Friedman (Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles) and Tomorrow Studios’ Marty Adelstein (Aquarius, Prison Break, Teen Wolf) and Becky Clements (Good Behavior, Aquarius, Last Man Standing), along with Bong Joon Ho, Park Chan-wook, Lee Tae-hun and Dooho Choi from the original film.
Both the film and TV series are based on the French graphic novel series by Jacques Lob and Jean-Marc Rochette. The 2013 film starred Chris Evans, Song Kang-ho, Tilda Swinton, Jamie Bell, Octavia Spencer, John Hurt and Ed Harris.
The TV show will reportedly address issues of class warfare, social injustice and the politics of survival on the globe-circling train. It could, quite conceivably, be Battlestar Galactica on a train, in tone at least.
“Snowpiercer has one of the most original concepts to hit the screen in the last decade, and it’s one that offers numerous opportunities for deeper exploration in a series format,” says Sarah Aubrey, executive vice president of original programming for TNT. “We look forward to expanding TNT’s relationship with Tomorrow Studios and their take on a world where humanity is pushed to the extreme.”
“TNT has become a great producing partner to Tomorrow Studios and we are excited to continue our relationship with them on Snowpiercer, for which we not only have a pilot but are writing multiple scripts,” addsMarty Adelstein, CEO of Tomorrow Studios. “This is an incredibly powerful story and one for which finding the perfect home was imperative to its success.”