Fans of science fiction are in for a treat on cable channel TNT, as alongside a night of Ridley Scott programming, the network is moving ahead with its original series based on the 2013 film Snowpiercer.
In a slew of casting and production news, TNT is slowly assembling its team for the upcoming small screen adaptation of Bong Joon-ho’s film. Based on Jacques Lob’s graphic novel Le Transperceneige, Joon-ho’s film turned the material into an acclaimed, post-apocalyptic thriller.
Now, as we set off from the station with the story about a perpetually moving train at the end of the world, some serious talent has boarded the project. EW is reporting that Doctor Strange director Scott Derrickson has been set to helm the Snowpiercer TV show pilot for an (as yet) unscheduled premiere date. Derrickson soared to success in the Marvel Cinematic Universe when he brought Marvel’s Strange to our screens last year. However, also being known for the likes of Hellraiser: Inferno and Deliver Us from Evil, it is unclear how Derrickson’s mainly horror background will fit into the aesthetic of the show.
The director will also serve as an executive producer on the remainder of the show, alongside the likes of Josh Friedman (Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles), Marty Adelstein (Prison Break), and Becky Clements (Last Man Standing). Elsewhere, Park Chan-wook, Lee Tae-hun, Dooho Choi, and Joon-ho will also be executive producers.
The Snowpiercer movie features a galaxy of Hollywood stars that included Chris Evans, Tilda Swinton, and the late John Hurt, who all received rave reviews for their performances. Although the characters and the cast are still largely a mystery, we do know that musical performer Daveed Diggs will have a starring role.
Famous for his role as Marquis de Lafayette and Thomas Jefferson in Hamilton, Diggs is exactly the Grammy and Tony Award-winning actor that the production needs. He will reportedly be playing Layton, described as “a prisoner barely surviving the harsh conditions in the tail end of the train.”
Following in the footsteps of the movie and set in a frozen wasteland, Snowpiercer will track the remnants of society as they fight to stay alive onboard the ever-moving train. The class system comes into full effect as those at the back of the train are forced into horrific conditions. Those at the front live a life of luxury, so expect the two sides to clash as events threaten to upturn everything they know.
Marking Joon-ho’s English-language debut, Snowpiercer still ranks in the top 10 South Korean films of all time, so hype is high surrounding the series. Given the success of movies-turned TV shows like Westworld, Fargo, and Bates Motel, here’s hoping that Snowpiercer can carryover the ideas of the predecessor while bringing a breath of fresh air, as an original drama.
Snowpiercer premieres on TNT at some point in 2018.