Snowpiercer: Showrunner Pitched His Own Pilot After Series Stalled Years Ago | NYCC 2019

For those of you that don’t know, the Snowpiercer TV series has been in development for nearly five years. There was a cast of characters, sets, and a pilot filmed that did not please the powers that be at TNT. They didn’t give up though, and they hired Graeme Manson (CubeOrphan Black) to give it another shot.

It’s not uncommon for a movie or TV series to have some reshoots. Fans will often freak out over reshoots and act as if that means the property is in trouble, but they are fairly routine and rarely worth writing home about. However, it is incredibly uncommon for a property to get a true second chance in the form of reshooting everything. This is the case for Snowpiercer.

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At this year’s New York ComicCon LRM Online attended a roundtable with Graeme Manson, and others, and was able to ask what the network was or was not looking for in this property. Mason stated:

“I don’t know. I came with my own fresh way. I pitched my idea for a pilot and I pitched what my idea for what a season one was. They went for it.”

Imagine how much faith the network had in Manson. They had already spent money on one thing, and here he comes with something different? How different? Completely different. Manson had this to say about the changes:

“The complication of course was that we already had a cast and the cast didn’t necessarily fit what I wanted to do. That included rebuilding all of the sets to get the train feel that I wanted. These guys (the cast) were gracious enough to, at least half of them, play different roles. I am ever grateful for that because that is a hard thing for the cast to do. To put that trust back into the project”

This makes the project seem like a real passion project for the cast and showrunner. There’s no way someone puts in double the effort unless they really believe in the project, or the money is right. Hopefully its the former and we get the best version of this property.

Are you excited about this adaptation? Do Graeme’s comments give you more or less hope for the franchise? Let us know in the comments below!

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