‘Snowpiercer’ had a rough trip to the small screen. Josh Friedman, the original showrunner, exited the show due to creative differences. Scott Derrickson, who helmed the original pilot, refused to reshoot it after Friedman’s departure. Eventually, replacements were found in new showrunner Graeme Manson (‘Orphan Black’) and director James Hawes (‘Black Mirror’). The show was also shifted over from TNT to sister station TBS.
But now the show is finally on its way and TBS is making sure that everyone is aware. The network debuted the trailer at San Diego Comic-Con, then WarnerMedia Head of Content Kevin Reilly addressed the crowd at the Television Critics Association press tour to give a better idea of what to expect.
In part, Reilly stated:
“Class warfare, the same kind of stories you would tell on a spaceship where people are thrown together in an adverse circumstance. There’s no aliens coming aboard but character drama in mini worlds within these cars and mini subcultures. Humanity plays out in a compressed way.”
‘Snowpiercer’ is based on the French graphic novel ‘Le Transperceneige’, which was adapted into a film in 2013, starring Chris Evans among others. But while the show draws from that adaptation, it isn’t simply a TV version of the same story.
As Reilly said:
“It’s faithful in the DNA ,but it doesn’t track the movie or the characters per se. It tracks the world. It’s inspired by [it].”
One major departure seems to be a destination. The Snowpiercer isn’t just on a perpetual journey around the Earth. As was revealed in the trailer, it’s going… somewhere.
Reilly would only tease:
“That’s to be revealed.”
The first season of ‘Snowpiercer’ will consist of ten episodes, and TBS has already renewed it for a second season. Jennifer Connelly and Daveed Diggs head up a cast that also includes Mickey Sumner, Annalise Basso, Sasha Frolova, Alison Wright, Benjamin Haigh, Roberto Urbina, Katie McGuinness, Susan Park, Lena Hall, Sheila Vand, Sam Otto, Iddo Goldberg, and Jaylin Fletcher. The series will debut next year.