As yet another indication that next year is going to hopefully wipe 2016 off the calendar entirely, Bong Joon Ho’s Snowpiercer is being adapted into a television series for TNT. The 2013 film, starring Chris Evans, is set in a futuristic dystopia where, after an ecological disaster, the entirety of the remaining human race lives on a speeding train that circles around the planet. Each car is divided by class, with the wealthier passengers living at the front of the train, and the less fortunate towards the back in total squalor.
According to both TNT and Tomorrow Studios, who are partnering up for the series:
“‘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,” said 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,” added Adelstein, CEO of Tomorrow Studios. “This is an incredibly powerful story and one for which finding the perfect home was imperative to its success.”
The original film posed a lot of questions that it didn’t always have time to answer, so it’ll be interesting to see if the writers structure the show as a kind of car-by-car experience, or if they’re more interested in expanding on the film’s original concept. Hopefully, the show will correct the mistakes of Harvey Weinstein, who tried to bury the film with a domestic VOD release after the proposed reshoots and re-edits were canned at the behest of the film’s director. Whatever the case is, there’s no doubt that Snowpiercer – which explored themes of classism and social injustices through the lens of an original concept and exciting set pieces – is going to be one of television’s most fascinating new shows.
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