The 2013 film Snowpiercer is one of those perfect little gems. The tale of a train that circumnavigates the globe housing the last of humanity escaping from the horrible ice age around them, was a critical and commercial success, and the first English-language hit film for Korean director Joon-ho Bong. For all those reasons, it seems that some industrious producers are seeing a future in Snowpiercer, just not on the big screen. Instead, a new TV series is being created based on the film, becoming the latest in a long line of movies being remastered for small screen success. But will a Snowpiercer TV show be “the hat” or “the boot” of movie-to-TV adaptations?
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Marty Adelstein of Tomorrow Studios has optioned Snowpiercer for a series of undetermined length and location. Adelstein will produce the series with partner Becky Clements, while Joon-ho, Dooho Choi and Chan-wook Park, who all produced the movie, are also on board the series as executive producers. And who will run this show, as it were? Why none other than Josh Friedman, who you may recall ran Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles for two seasons to some acclaim.
“We are very excited to be working with Josh on this incredible story,” Adelstein said in a press release. “As such a prolific and innovative writer he is the ideal person to create a massive new world in this adaptation. This is an expansive, high-concept project and we are thrilled to be a part of reimagining it for television.”
“I couldn’t be more excited for the opportunity,” Friedman added. “Marty and Becky are the perfect partners to help me bring this world to TV. I’m a huge fan of director Bong’s films, especially Snowpiercer. It’s great the way the best sci-fi is great — thoughtful, political, funny, scary and sly. And it’s on a train. A big f—ing train. What more could you want?”
Interesting characters and a compelling story would be nice. But really, the Snowpiercer concept shows the very best of what science fiction can do: use the concept to tell stories and offer insight on current affairs and issues that might be somewhat difficult or too partisan to do in a direct way. Snowpiercer dealt with issues of class, poverty, economy, and the environment and a Snowpiercer show is ideally suited to be able to say things about hot button issues in much the same way Ronald D. Moore’s Battlestar Galactica was. On top of that, Friedman has lots of experience essaying the post-apocalypse. Hopefully, this will something good.
We’ll have more news about Snowpiercer the series as it comes in.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter