A few years back, Chris Evans, Jamie Bell, Tilda Swinton starred in a little film called Snowpiercer. The movie was helmed by South Korean director Bong Joon-ho (perhaps best known for his 2006 monster movie The Host), and was an interesting meditation on classes. The film was set on a train that constantly circles a frozen wasteland known as Earth. In the years the world has spent shoved into this moving capsule of claustrophobia, the passengers have divided themselves up into different classes, which are separated by cars.
It was an incredibly ideal concept, and while the film lacked subtlety, it was still an entertaining ride, and posed many questions about humanity and the world as a whole.
In a move that’s likely to either infuriate or excite, TNT has ordered a pilot based on the original film, Deadline reports. In charge of writing the adaptation is Josh Friedman, who is perhaps most notable in TV land for creating Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles. He has also has a hand in the upcoming Avatar sequels from James Cameron — though we still have no idea of what to expect from those films in terms of quality.
It’s clear to note that although TNT has only ordered a pilot for production, they have also commissioned the writing of multiple scripts — so if they deem this pilot worth turning into a series, they’ll be ready to go.
I’m a bit torn on this one. This is definitely a story that can be broken down into a series, but given how great the film was, it’s not really a series I want to see. But I’ve been proven wrong plenty before. Look at series like Fargo, and it’s becoming more and more clear that TV isn’t always a copout. Occasionally, it has the potential to tell a story better than its source material did. I have high hopes they can do the same with Snowpiercer, but I do wonder how long they’d be able to draw out a similar story. Is it really something they can stretch out over multiple seasons, or will they take a more limited series approach with it, and just give it a full arc before capping it off? The potential is definitely there for something like that.
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