After years of delays, the television adaptation of Snowpiercer will finally make its way to viewers a couple of weeks early!
TV Guide reports the series will launch on May 17th instead of the planned May 31st date. Based on the French comic book Le transperceneige Jacques Lob, Benjamin Legrand, and Jean-Marc Rochette, the series also takes its cues from Bong Joon-ho’s 2003 adaptation. Set in a frozen post-apocalypse, Snowpiercer focuses on the last bastion of humanity as it circles the Earth in a 1001-car-long rail train. Some of the train cars are opulent and decadent. Other are ravaged by poverty. Propelling viewers through this locomotive society is a murder mystery unique to the show. Jennifer Connelly, Daveed Diggs, Alison Wright, Mickey Sumner, Lena Hall, and Steven Ogg star.
The series has had a difficult journey to broadcast, though. In 2016, TNT commissioned a pilot from writer Josh Friedman. Doctor Strange‘s Scott Derrickson directed it in 2017 and TNT picked it up in 2018. But when the network asked for some retooling, Friedman left the project. Derrickson refused to return for reshoots claiming Friedman’s script was one of the best he’d ever read and that he sharply disagreed with replacement showrunner Graeme Manson‘s vision for the program. Director James Hawes remounted the pilot, delaying the show’s debut by a year.
Audiences will finally get a chance to see if all the wait and redevelopment was worth it when Snowpiercer debuts next month on TNT.
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