Following all the drama surrounding the U.S. release of Bong Joon-ho‘s “Snowpiercer,” and the battle with the Weinsteins over the cut of the film (the director won), you might have forgotten that last fall news emerged that a TV series based on the movie was in the works. Indeed, the TV development process is a long one, but now a year later, we have another update.
Deadline reports that TNT has given a pilot order to the brewing show. Josh Friedman (Steven Spielberg‘s “War of the Worlds” and James Cameron‘s “Avatar” sequels) is writing the script, and will be the executive producer and showrunner should things go forward, with Bong Joon-Ho and Park Chan-wook also putting their names on the project as EP’s (though it’s not clear how involved they actually are). In terms of story, it’ll be familiar to the film, taking place seven years after the Earth has become a frozen wasteland, with humanity’s survivors hurtling around the global on a train, where class strife, political battles, and social injustice continues.
As the basis for a TV show, it’s a good one, but whether or not TNT will do it justice we’ll just have to wait and see. No word yet on casting or a director for the debut epiosde, but that will undoubtedly be the next step.