TNT has ordered SNOWPIERCER, based on the film of the same name, to series, the cable network announced Wednesday.
“I’m a personal fan of Bong Joon Ho’s epic film, and jumped at the chance to honor his original vision, yet expand upon the world and characters with a diverse, award-winning cast,” said Sarah Aubrey, TNT’s executive vice president of original programming, in a statement. “Science fiction is the perfect genre to examine issues of race, class, gender and natural resources with thought-provoking and exciting storytelling. Snowpiercer will explore those relevant issues while embarking on a wild, action-filled ride.”
Jennifer Connolly and Daveed Diggs will star in the TV version of the post-apocalyptic sci-film film, which starred Chris Evans, Octavia Spencer, Tilda Swinton and others.
Set seven years after the world has become a frozen wasteland, Snowpiercer centers on the remnants of humanity, who inhabit a gigantic, perpetually-moving train that circles the globe. Class warfare, social injustice and the politics of survival are questioned in this riveting television adaptation.
Mickey Sumner, Susan Park, Benjamin Haigh, Sasha Frolova, Katie McGuinness, Alison Wright, Annalise Basso, Sam Otto, Roberto Urbina, Sheila Vand and Lena Hall round out the ensemble cast.
Josh Friedman wrote the pilot, which was directed by Scott Derrickson. Marty Adelstein, Becky Clements and the original film’s Bong Joon Ho, Park Chan-wook, Lee Tae-hun and Dooho Choi also executive produce.
Linda Ge | TV Editor