Many of you probably have no idea what Snowpiercer is. And if you are aware of it, then you know how much of an amazing movie it is. Taking place entirely on a speeding train and sometime in the future, the Earth has frozen over and what’s left of humanity is now living within the confines of their metal walls. Over a period of time, the inhabitants have taken on a caste system where the fortunate ride towards the front of the train in comfort while the rest are left to fend for themselves at the back. Now the movie, which contains one of the most shocking reveals since Charlton Heston spilled the beans on Soilent Green, is being made into a television series for TNT by creator Josh Friedman (Terminator: Sarah Connor Chronicles).

Snowpiercer, which starred Chris Evans, Tilda Swinton, Jamie Bell, and Ed Harris, originally hit theaters worldwide in 2013 and was directed by Korean director, Bong Joon-ho. It wasn’t until 2014 when the film made it’s debut in the U.S. alongside Transformers: Age Of Extinction. Transformers was released in over 4,000 theaters while Snowpiercer only opened in a little over 300. So if you’re wondering why you haven’t heard of it until now, this is probably why.

In a statement regarding the news, Sarah Aubrey, EVP Original Programming at TNT, said,

Snowpiercer has one of the most original concepts to hit the screen in the last decade, and it’s one that offers numerous opportunities for deeper exploration in a series format. We look forward to expanding TNT’s relationship with Tomorrow Studios and their take on a world where humanity is pushed to the extreme.”

Tomorrow Studios’ Marty Adelstein and Becky Clements will be executive producing the series along with original director Joon-ho and Oldboy director Chan-wook Park. Adelstein added, “TNT has become a great producing partner to Tomorrow Studios and we are excited to continue our relationship with them on Snowpiercer, for which we not only have a pilot but are writing multiple scripts. This is an incredibly powerful story and one for which finding the perfect home was imperative to its success.” Last month TNT also ordered the pilot for the television adaptation for Let the Right One In which is also from Tomorrow Studios.

Obviously, the big question is how is Snowpiercer going to be adapted for the small screen? Before there was a movie, there was a graphic novel, Le Transperceneige, which was broken into two books. The film covered most of the first book. That could mean the series could take on the events of the second which would make the most sense considering the stories told in each book. Nothing has been confirmed at this time.

It looks like TNT will soon be the source for some awesome science fiction material. It’s nice when you can get everything in a well put together package. Remember, it was only several months ago when Turner Broadcasting scored a deal that would allow them to air the Star Wars films on their networks. So not only will you be able to get your dose of the Force on TNT, but you’ll get a taste of a frozen, futuristic dystopia, and vampires.

No reports as to when Snowpiercer the series will debut on television.

Source: Slashfilm

Category: TV