Scott Derrickson Snowpiercer

Why do people keep trying to adapt ‘Snowpiercer’?  The latest doom and gloom is that Scott Derrickson, who previously directed ‘Doctor Strange’, ‘Deliver Us From Evil’ and ‘Sinister’, helmed the pilot for TNT’s upcoming series, but is refusing to return for reshoots.  This follows the drama behind the scenes which doomed the theatrical release of the film of the same name.

As he shared on Twitter:

As Derrickson mentioned, Josh Friedman, the show’s original showrunner also penned the script for the pilot, but Friedman has since been replaced by Graeme Manson. Friedman’s departure was blamed on “creative differences,” but Friedman took to Twitter to challenge that.

He followed that up with an attack on Manson, in which he called him an “Idiot” among other things.

Scott Derrickson

The TV series is based on the 2013 film by Bong Joon-Ho, which was itself based on the French graphic novel ‘Le Transperceneige’.  Bong will serve as an executive producer.  Friedman has also held the title of EP, but it’s unclear if that’s still the case.

The plot of the film and TV show follows the last humans left on Earth, who live in a perpetually in-motion super train, where the wealthy live in luxury at the front, while the poor toil in squalor in the back.  The film starred Chris Evans, Song Kang-ho, Tilda Swinton, Jamie Bell, Octavia Spencer, Ewen Bremner, Ko Asung, John Hurt and Ed Harris.  Despite critical acclaim, distributors The Weinstein Company demanded edits and a voice-over, among other changes, to make the movie more palatable for (dumb) Americans.  The Weinstein Company also distributed the film in Great Britain and Canada, but with all the turmoil, the film flopped when it was finally released in theaters.

The TV show has cast Tony Award-winner Daveed Diggs in the lead role, with Academy Award-winner Jennifer Connolly as what appears to be the show’s main antagonist.

Can TNT and Manson correct the course of this out-of-control freight train?  Should they?

Source: The Hollywood Reporter