According to actor Steven Ogg, TNT’s Snowpiercer is expected to air sometime next June. Ogg, known for his role as the villain Simon on The Walking Dead, has signed on for a recurring role on Snowpiercer. He joins an already stellar cast, which includes Jennifer Connelly, Daveed Diggs, and Alison Wright to bring the TV adaptation to life. After months of setbacks, it looks like fans now know when to expect the show’s premiere.
TNT’s Snowpiercer is a planned adaptation of Bong Joon-ho’s 2013 dystopian film of the same name. The film is a sci-fi thriller based on the graphic novel by Jacques Lob. The story is set in a bleak future where an attempt at undoing climate change results in a new ice age and the end of almost all life on Earth. The remnants of humanity are stuck living within a train (the Snowpiercer) that continuously circles the globe. The train’s cars are divided by class with the upper-class living luxuriously within the front of the train while the lower-classes are regulated to the rear of the Snowpiercer to live in squalor. The film follows a group of tail passengers, lead by Chris Evans, who decide to revolt and fight their way towards the engine room at the front of the train.
While at Salt Lake City’s FanX with some of his former TWD co-stars, Ogg was asked about his current and future works. As reported by ComicBook, when asked about Snowpiercer, Ogg stated, “It’s a TV show, it’s for TNT, Netflix around the world, June of next year.”
The announcement comes as so much needed good news for fans. The show’s production has been repeatedly stretched out due to a series of exits. Back in January it was reported that showrunner Josh Friedman was leaving due to “creative differences.” Orphan Black co-creator Graeme Manson was brought on to take his place. Shortly after, the show lost director Scott Derrickson when he refused to have anything to do with “extreme reshoots” being done to Friedman’s original pilot.
While the concerns expressed by Friedman and Derrickson don’t spell doom for TNT’s sci-fi epic, they’ve likely raised some red flags for those with an interest in watching. Manson already has experience creating a successful science fiction story. But fans will have to wait and see if those skills can be transferred from Orphan Black to Snowpiercer. Thanks to Ogg, audiences know that progress on the show continues, despite arguments over the show’s direction.