Fans of ‘Snowpiercer’ are going to be thrilled to hear that the televised adaptation of the graphic novel has officially been ordered to series by TNT! Sounds like the pilot went over well but with everyone involved that isn’t too surprising. After his success with the film, Bong Joon Ho is on board as an Executive Producer with Park Chan-wook, Lee Tae-hun, Dooho Choi, and Tomorrow Studios’ Marty Adelstein and Becky Clements. The movie was a hit among audiences though fans of the source material were hoping for more which a full on series will be able to explore.
The cast has already shaped up with a few big named which include “Jennifer Connelly, Daveed Diggs, Mickey Sumner, Susan Park, Benjamin Haigh, Sasha Frolova, Katie McGuinness, Alison Wright, Annalise Basso, Sam Otto, Roberto Urbina, Sheila Vand, and Lena Hall.”
For those unfamiliar with the premise, ‘Snowpiercer’ takes place seven years after the world has entered a new ice age. What is left of humanity lives on a train which is perpetually circling the globe. Needless to say, humanity can often be a horrible thing and that is no different here and issues such as “class warfare, social injustice and the politics of survival are raised.”
While there is a strong action element to the narrative, there is so much more and TNT executive vice president for original programming Sarah Aubrey promises that will be explored:
“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 graphic novels and film show this as a prime example of class warfare trapped in a bubble where the have’s take out their privilege on the “have not’s” to the extreme until it results in a rebellion. This is the perfect example of humanity at its worst during a possible extinction level event on board the only way which what is left of humanity can currently survive.
Sounds like a train that you wouldn’t want to have stop, though that is an area which is explored in the books. It is unclear if this will just follow the film or include the concepts which were in the graphic novel as well.
‘Snowpiercer’ currently has no premiere date but is expected to air on TNT sometime later this year.