TNT Pick Up ‘Snowpiercer’ TV Series Based On The 2013 Movie
Welcome to the first “Hollywood Has Run Out Of Original Ideas” of 2018! US network TNT has picked up a tv series based on the 2013 movie ‘Snowpiercer’ it has been announced today.
For those of you that didn’t see the film, it’s set 7 years after the world has been turned into a frozen wasteland. The story is centred on the remnants of humanity, who inhabit a gigantic, perpetually-moving train that circles the globe, where class warfare, social injustice and the politics of survival are all questioned.
To be fair, Bong Joon-ho’s original film, which starred Chris Evans and Tilda Swinton, was critically well received, and it’s an interesting, expandable premise of a full tv series. The tv version will star Jennifer Connelly (‘Blood Diamond’, ‘A Beautiful Mind’, ‘Noah’) and Daveed Diggs (‘Black-ish’, ‘The Get Down’, ‘Hamilton’) in the lead roles.
“I’m a personal fan of Bong Joon Ho’s epic film, and jumped at the chance to honour his original vision, yet expand upon the world and characters with a diverse, award-winning cast,” commented Sarah Aubrey, EVP of original programming for TNT. “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 was written by Josh Friedman (‘Emerald City’, ‘Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles’), and directed by Scott Derrickson (‘Doctor Strange’). Additional cast includes Mickey Sumner (‘Low Winter Sun’, ‘The Borgias’), Alison Wright (‘The Americans’, ‘Sneaky Pete’, ‘Feud’), Katie McGuinness (‘The Borgias’, ‘The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt’, ‘Roots’), Susan Park (‘Fargo’, ‘The Good Place’, ‘Vice Principals’), Sheila Vand (’24: Legacy’, ‘Argo’), Benjamin Haigh (‘Genius’, ‘Victoria & Abdul’), Sasha Frolova (‘The Interestings’), Annalise Basso (‘Cold’, ‘Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams’), Sam Otto (‘The State’), Roberto Urbina (‘Narcos’) and Lena Hall (‘All My Children’).
No news on when ‘Snowpiercer’ will arrive on TNT in the US, and it’s way too early for a UK pick up. We’ll let you know when we hear more.