A perpetually powered train carries the survivors of humanity after the world becomes a frozen wasteland.
Snowpiercer was directed by Bong Joon-ho who recently won as Oscar for his directorial work for his film Parasite.
Originally released in 2014, Snowpiercer tells the story of a perpetually powered train that circumnavigates the globe, filled with the last survivors of humanity. This is because an experiment to change global warming went awry and now the world is a frozen wasteland.
A class system exists on the train with the rich and affluent at the front with the poor at the rear on the last carriages. The main plot of the film covers a revolution by the poor as they fight their way to the front.
Snowpiercer has an amazing cast including Chris Evans, Tilda Swinton and John Hurt.
TNT picked up the rights and decided to adapt the film into a television series, except the journey has had a few bumps in the tracks on it’s way to our screens.
Director Scott Derrickson, shot the pilot episode of Snowpiercer from a script by Josh Friedman who was the then showrunner. But Friedman fell out with TBS over “creative differences” and Ophan Black creator Graeme Mason was bought onboard as the new showrunner.
Mason demanded re-shoots to the pilot in accordance with his vision of the show but Derrickson refused. He tweeted back in the summer of 2018,
The 72-page Snowpiercer TV pilot script by @Josh_Friedman is the best I’ve ever read. The feature-length pilot I made from that script may be my best work.
The new show runner has a radically different vision for the show. I am forgoing my option to direct the extreme reshoots.
— N O S ⋊ Ɔ I ᴚ ᴚ Ǝ ᗡ ⊥ ⊥ O Ɔ S (@scottderrickson) June 29, 2018
This led to a year long delay for the show to reach our screens while the pilot episode was completely reshot. Apparently, only one special effect shot from the original is all that exists in the new version.
The television show is a reboot of the film and will use the extra time allowed by that format to explore and question class warfare, social injustice, and the politics of survival.
Snowpiercer will air on the TNT network starting on 17th May with Netflix showing the series outside the US, but we have no dates at this time.
Snowpiercer also has a second season order already.