The team behind Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles is making a show based on Bong Joon-ho’s 2013 film Snowpiercer, and we couldn’t be happier about it.
TNT just ordered an hour-long pilot based on the film (which was itself based on a French graphic novel), and it’s produced by Josh Friedman. The show will follow the general set up of the movie, which is that a few years in the future, the Earth has frozen. Now, the remaining survivors live on a speeding train that races around the world. However, the train is arranged from front to back by class, and the people considered lower class are not happy about it.
“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,” Sarah Aubrey, the EVP of TNT, said in a statement. “We look forward to [this] take on a world where humanity is pushed to the extreme.”
While the TV show won’t have the movie’s stars (which included Chris Evans, Ed Harris and Tilda Swinton), the idea is just ripe for the format. It’s a rich, huge world. There could be episodes based on different cars. Flashbacks. The sandbox is damn near infinite and a talent like Friedman (who did a great job with Sarah Connor, no matter what anyone says) playing in it is incredibly exciting.
At the moment, Snowpiercer is just a pilot order. It still has to be made, then ordered to series before most of us get to see it. But this is a good first step.