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SNOWPIERCER TV Adaptation Headed to Netflix
Aug 07, 2018
- Writerby Pierce Conran
Update of BONG Joon-ho SF Picked Up by Streaming Giant Outside of US and China
The upcoming TV adaptation of BONG Joon-ho’s Snowpiercer (2013) is headed to Netflix. The streaming giant announced that it acquired the show and will distribute it everywhere outside of the United States and China. The series is expected to air in 2019.
Following the plot of the original hit film, as well as the French graphic novel it was based on, Snowpiercer features Jennifer Connelly, Tony Award-winning Broadway star Daveed Diggs and others such as Alison Wright and Mickey Sumner in a story set in a post-apocalyptic near future, during which a train housing the remnants of the human race perpetually circumnavigates the planet through an ice age. With poor classes stuffed into the back carriages while the train is run by a ruling class, the series will explore themes of class warfare and social injustice within a sci-fi survival story.
Co-produced by Tomorrow Studios, Turner’s Studio T and CJ Entertainment, the show features James Hawes as the director with Graeme Manson serving as showrunner. The original creator, Josh Friedman, left the show in January, while Hawes replaced Doctor Strange director Scott Derrickson, who shot the show’s pilot but left during reshoots, owing to the “radically different vision” of the new showrunner Manson.