Last year, TNT announced that they would potentially be working on a pilot for a series based on the 2013 dystopian sci-fi Snowpiercer, written by Bong Joon-Ho. Now it’s been revealed that after seeing the pilot, TNT has officially green-lit the series for production.
The series, which will be penned by Josh Friedman (Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, War of the Worlds) and directed by Scott Derrickson (Doctor Strange, Sinister), will be set in the same grim icy landscape as the film and explore issues of class, race and social injustices:
“Seven years after the world has become a frozen wasteland… The series centres on the remnants of humanity, who inhabit a gigantic, perpetually-moving train that circles the globe. As it does, issues of class warfare, social injustice and the politics of survival are raised.”
Executive vice president for TNT’s original programming Sarah Aubrey enthused about the possibilities of the new series and it’s science fiction genre:
“I’m a personal fan of Bong Joon Ho’s epic film, and jumped at the chance to honour his original vision, yet expand upon the world and characters with a diverse, award-winning cast. Science fiction is the perfect genre to examine issues of race, class, gender and natural resources with thought-provoking and exciting storytelling. Snowpiercer will explore those relevant issues while embarking on a wild, action-filled ride.”
Casting for the show has already taken place, with the varied assortment of the train’s inhabitants garnering a pretty huge cast of characters. The main characters will include: a prisoner at the very end of the train (Daveed Diggs), the train’s PA announcer travelling first class (Jennifer Connelly), a security guard (Mickey Sumner), a poor fourth class passenger (Annalise Basso), an ex-prisoner returning at long last to first class (Sasha Frovola), a nail technician (Alison Wright), a fireman in a polyamorous relationship (Roberto Urbina), an impoverished mother and son (Katie McGuinness and Benjamin Haigh), a chef at the train’s best restaurant (Susan Park) and an archivist (Lena Hall). Sam Otto and Sheila Vand will also join the cast, though their roles are still unknown.
With such a massive and diverse cast, the Snowpiercer setting is ripe for exploration and a TV series will allow enough time to really flesh the world out. No word of release dates yet, but we’ll no doubt hear more pretty soon.