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SNOWPIERCER: TV Pilot Based on Graphic Novel & Film Ordered by TNT

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TNT Orders Snowpiercer Pilot Episode

A Snowpiercer TV pilot episode has been officially ordered by TNT. The pilot episode will be an hour long and is a co-production between Tomorrow Studios and Turner’s Studio T.

Unlike the film adaptation of Jacques Lob and Jean-Marc Rochette‘s Le Transperceneige where the drama was set seventeen years after a environmental catastrophe created a second ice age, the TV pilot will be set seven years after the incident. Like the novels and film, the setting of the TV adaptation will be on a “perpetually moving train that circles the globe. Class warfare, social injustice and the politics of survival” will be the subject matter of the potential TV series.

The film adaptation marginalized many aspects of the graphic novels, chief among them being religion. It was shown a little in the film but it plays a far larger role in the graphic novels. A religion has sprung up on Snowpiercer that revolves around the train and its perpetual engine.

The Snowpiercer TV pilot episode will be:

executive-produced by writer-showrunner Josh Friedman (Avatar 4, “Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles”) and Tomorrow Studios’ Marty Adelstein (“Aquarius,” “Prison Break,” “Teen Wolf”) and Becky Clements (“Good Behavior,” “Aquarius,” “Last Man Standing”), and the original film’s Bong Joon Ho, Park Chan-wook, Lee Tae-hun and Dooho Choi, along with CJ Entertainment.

Tasha Robinson at The Verge hopes that the biggest flaw of the film will be fixed by the TV series:

Ultimately, the biggest problem with Snowpiercer the movie was an unsatisfying ending that brought the rebellion plot up short for no clear reason, halting the action in favor of long, windy speeches.

I have to agree with her assessment. The film’s ending was nonsensical. I spoke about it in my review for Snowpiercer (spoilers):

Snowpiercer‘s ending was bleak (think McCarthy’s The Road) and frustrating. No shelter, food, and a lack of mating “units” means the end of humanity within one or two generations. Wilford knew this. Gilliam knew this. Curtis would have known this. It’s too bad others didn’t see the ultimate truth: the train was life and humanity’s life boat, no matter how deplorable and reprehensible the conditions.

There is no word yet on who will direct the pilot episode or who will star in it. The producers of the Snowpiercer TV pilot episode will most-likely select a director of note to direct the pilot episode, a common practice, to put the best foot forward for the potential series. The same goes for the lead actor or actress in the series.

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