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Snowpiercer will be getting new life on the small screen.
THR reports that Bong Joon-ho’s 2013 film will receive a TV adaptation, courtesy of Marty Adelstein’s Tomorrow Studios. Adelstein will be executive producing the project along with Becky Clements and feature producers Chan-wook Park, Dooho Choi, and Bong Joon-Ho. Josh Friedman (The Sarah Connor Chronicles, Avatar 2) is attached as writer.
“I couldn’t be more excited for the opportunity,” Friedman said. “Marty and Becky are the perfect partners to help me bring this world to TV. I’m a huge fan of director Bong’s films, especially Snowpiercer. It’s great the way the best sci-fi is great — thoughtful, political, funny, scary and sly. And it’s on a train. A big f—ing train. What more could you want?”
Those familiar with the film might be surprised by this news. Even those who saw the tagline for one of the film’s posters will know that the feature is focused on a very finite goal: fight to the front of the train. The film’s commentary on social class (with the elite living in the front cars and the “scum” being relegated to the cars at the tail-end of the train) is ripe for further exploration, but it’s hard to tell how the narrative will be prolonged for even a ten episode season. Perhaps the train will just be gigantic this time around. Or maybe the goal won’t be as clear. With Bong (director of The Host and Memories of Murder) on board, I’m excited to see how the project develops.
Snowpiercer is based on Jacques Lob and Jean-Marc Rochette’s French graphic novel Le Transperceneige. The film stars Chris Evans, Song Kang-ho, Octavia Spencer, Tilda Swinton, Go Ah-sung, Jamie Bell, John Hurt, and Ed Harris.
Featured image via flickchickcanada.blogspot.com.