TNT has ordered a 10-episode series based on director Bong Joon-ho’s 2013 sci-fi action thriller, Snowpiercer. That South Korean film, starring Chris Evans and Tilda Swinton, is itself based on Jacques Lob and Jean-Marc Rochette’s French graphic novel Le Transperceneige.
This new series, starring Jennifer Connelly and Daveed Diggs, will take place seven years after an environmental disaster landed the world in a planet-wide ice age. The surviving remnants of humankind were then placed on a 1,000-car train traveling the world. A strict class system pressures the lower classes to the back of the train, while the upper classes dwell in luxury at the front. This separation and mistreatment leads to a violent revolution.
“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,” Sarah Aubrey, TNT’s executive vice president of original programming, said 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.”
Scott Derrickson (Marvel’s Doctor Strange) directed the Snowpiercer pilot based on a script by Josh Friedman (Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles). Bong and the film’s Dooho Choi and Chan-wook Park will serve as executive producers. Tomorrow Studios’ Marty Adelstein and Becky Clements will also serve as executive producers.
No showrunner or release date for the series has been announced.