The series of science fiction novels have been influential on everyone from George Lucas to George RR Martin, but previous attempts to turn it into a feature film or television series have generally failed.
Production companies Tomorrow Studios and Studio T are combining forces to co-produce Snowpiercer, a new series based on the critically acclaimed Bong Joon-ho 2013 film of the same name. TNT has given the series a pilot order and Josh Friedman has been tapped to write it.
Avatar 2 scribe Josh Friedman has been tapped to adapt the 2013 sci-fi action thriller Snowpiercer into a television series for Tomorrow Studios. The original film’s writer-director Bong Joon Ho will serve as an executive producer.
ABC buys 2, orders more of 4, and kills 1, CBS does 1 and 1, ABC Family greenlights 1, Comedy Central, FX and Starz each order something new, while NBC takes on 2 new series, FOX greenlights 1 and orders more of another, and hands out a deal for 2 more. (aka: a LOT OF TV NEWS TODAY!)
LOCKE & KEY has gone through almost every media platform before finding a home that has not only bought it (third sale) but has confirmed to shoot it.
As we reported a little over a week ago, the project, based on the Joe Hill (Stephen King’s son) graphic novel, was originally set up as a film. After busy schedules, and a sluggish move through development, the team decided on a new outlook, with producers Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman went for some heavies, bringing on Steven Spielberg to produce alongside them, and Josh Friedman to pen a TV pilot. And, lets be honest, any TV project with those 5 names on it, is already on a level echelons above any other spec pilot.
And that is precisely what Fox thought, snatching up the pilot today, with a commitment to shoot the pilot, and a hefty penalty if the series does not air.
So, ratchet the number of Steven Spileberg TV shows on Fox in 2011 to two, with LOCKE & KEY joining TERRA NOVA.