Bong Joon-ho’s Snowpiercer is one of the most underrated films of the 21st century. Starring Chris Evans, the film centered on the class system that arises on a perpetually movie train, created to save mankind from a global cooling/freezing event. The film is now coming to a TV near you. Per Deadline:
TNT has given a pilot order to Snowpiercer, a futuristic thriller drama based on the acclaimed 2013 feature by Bong Joon-ho that starred Chris Evans, Tilda Swinton and Song Kang-ho. The pilot will be co-produced by Tomorrow Studios — Marty Adelstein’s joint venture with ITV Studios — and Turner’s Studio T.
Tomorrow Studios optioned the rights to Snowpiercer last year, tapping Josh Friedman, who has extensive futuristic/sci-fi credentials, to write the series adaptation. Friedman previously created the Fox series Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, also based on a movie franchise, and has written/co-written such movies as War of the Worlds and some of the Avatar sequels.
Snowpiercer is set seven years after the world has become a frozen wasteland and the remnants of humanity inhabit a gigantic, perpetually moving train that circles the globe. The show questions class warfare, social injustice and the politics of survival. In addition to producing a pilot, the project is getting backup scripts written.
As great as the movie was, a TV series could provide a platform for the series’ creators to expand on the style and scope of the movie’s narrative. Definitely a series to look forward to.