It’s hard in Hollywood nowadays to come up with something that has never been made before, something truly original. However, last year gave us one of the most unique sci-fi movies of the past few years with Snowpiercer, the film was set during a futuristic Ice Age that left most of the life and humanity on the planet dead or extinct, aside from a specific number of people living on a never-stopping train that circled the globe. The movie focused on a group of rebels (led by Chris Evans) as they fought from the back of the train to the front, hoping for a way to save themselves from their lives of dirt and filth.
It was a ballsy film from beginning to its controversial end, and seeing our lead group of heroes fight through the different train compartments, and the train’s social class structure was one of the most compelling visual experiences of last year. It looks like we’re not the only ones who would have liked to have seen more from that world too.
THR is reporting that a new Snowpiercer TV series is in development right now at Marty Adelstein’s Tomorrow Studios, with writer Josh Friedman attached to write the series’ script. Bong Joon Ho, who wrote and directed the Snowpiercer film, is attached to the executive produce the series as well, and this wouldn’t be the first time Friedman has stepped into the sci-fi genre, after his work on the Sarah Connor Chronicles and 2005’s War of the Worlds. The writer expressed his enthusiasm for the project as well, with the following:
“I couldn’t be more excited for the opportunity. 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?”
Now, normally, I wouldn’t really be a fan of this kind of project, but considering what a rich world Joon Ho created onscreen with Snowpiercer and the endless possibilities that its premise brings for serious drama and tension, I actually think this could work as a series. It would depend on how its structured obviously, if each season would take place in one of the different cars, or would be a very slow burn, but the pacing and story would end up being the deciding factor on if this could work or not.
Joon Ho coming onboard as an executive producer is promising though, and I’ll be interested in seeing how far this project goes, if it ends up being one of the ill-fated pitches that never gets past its first or second draft, or could show up on our TV screens in a few years. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see.
The Snowpiercer TV Series is currently in development.
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