Deadline reports that TNT has given a pilot order to Snowpiercer, a futuristic thriller drama based on the 2013 feature film directed by Bong Joon-ho that starred Chris Evans, Tilda Swinton and Song Kang-ho.
The pilot is set seven years after the world has become a frozen wasteland and the remnants of humanity inhabit a gigantic, perpetually moving train that circles the globe. The show will tackle issues such as class warfare, social injustice and the politics of survival. In addition to production starting soon on the pilot, the project is getting backup scripts written.
With the pilot commitment set in stone, EVP Original Programming at TNT, Sarah Aubrey 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.
CEO of Tomorrow Studios, Marty Adelstein said:
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.
The pilot will be co-produced by Tomorrow Studios and Studio T, with Josh Friedman (Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles and the Avatar sequels) tapped to write the script for the series adaptation and become executive producer and showrunner if the pilot is given a series commitment at TNT. Marty Adelstein and Becky Clements will serve as Executive Producers of the pilot, alongside the original film’s Bong Joon-ho, Park Chan-wook, Lee Tae-hun and Dooho Choi.
The news of a potential television series adaptation of Snowpiercer comes as a bit of a surprise, considering the material has a very short life span considering that it takes place on a huge train, but that means there’s some interesting possibilities for them to go down in order to extend on what the film tackled a few years ago. I very much liked the film when I seen it so I wouldn’t mind seeing how it will look like in a series adaptation.