The Snowpiercer TV series will have an ongoing mystery throughout its first season. In 2014, Bong Joon-ho’s acclaimed movie, Snowpiercer, which starred Chris Evans and Tilda Swinton, released, thus marking the South Korean director’s first English-language movie. It’s worth noting that the movie was originally scheduled to release in the United States in 2013, a year after The Weinstein Company acquired the movie’s domestic distribution rights. However, the studio’s chief wanted certain scenes edited with various other things added into the film, which Joon-ho expressly rejected. So, it took some time before the film managed to release domestically.
Upon its release, Snowpiercer received overwhelming critical acclaim, and although it didn’t break box office records, its global take, $86.7 million, was enough to qualify the film as a success. The movie — which was based on the French graphic novel Le Transperceneige by Jacques Lob, Benjamin Legrand, and Jean-Marc Rochette — briefly explained why everyone was on that train, though the main story unfolded over the course of mere hours. The upcoming TV series will take a different approach and focus on things other than the revolution from the movie.
TNT initially began working on a Snowpiercer series back in 2015, and things are now finally starting to come together. During TNT’s summer TCA presentation today, network president Kevin Reilly revealed (via IGN) that the Snowpiercer TV series will resemble a “space ship show” and will feature an “ongoing mystery” that will unfold throughout its first season.
“[Snowpiercer] will have an epic feel because it is a heightened, larger-than-life concept. But it is really an internal potboiler of character dynamics and there will be an ongoing mystery to the first season. Jennifer Connelly, who has really made her mark for choosing great character roles, wouldn’t have just come here [joined the show] if it was just a crash bang-em-up. It was because the characters are really, really vibrant, that Josh Friedman created for the series.”
Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles creator Josh Friedman will serve as showrunner throughout the show’s first season, along with Joon-ho executive producing and Doctor Strange director Scott Derrickson both executive producing and directing the pilot episode. Although not much is known about the overall direction of the series, we do know that the show takes place seven years after the climate engineering experiment accidentally caused the world to freeze over.
Jennifer Connelly joined the cast earlier this year as Melanie Cavill, one of the First Class passengers who also acts as the Voice of the Train. Additionally, the series also stars the likes of Daveed Diggs, Alison Wright, and Mickey Sumner. There’s no word on when the series will premiere, though, with the network adding multiple people to the cast and already promoting the show at industry events, it’s not far-fetched to think that the Snowpiercer pilot should premiere within the next year.
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