Snowpiercer TV Series Gets New Pilot Director After Scott Derrickson Leaves

Okay, it looks like TNT’s Snowpiercer series is heading full-force in a whole new direction. Some time ago, the pilot for the show was shot, but with series Josh Friedman leaving the show back in January, it was clear their visions weren’t really aligned. Since then, the new showrunner Graeme Manson came on board, and while it looks like his vision may be more in line with what the network wants, it wasn’t exactly what pilot director Scott Derrickson preferred.

Late last month, Derrickson took to Twitter to share the reason why he wouldn’t be returning to helm reshoots for the pilot, saying:

“The 72-page Snowpiercer TV pilot script by @Josh_Friedman is the best I’ve ever read. The feature-length pilot I made from that script may be my best work. The new showrunner has a radically different vision for the show. I am forgoing my option to direct the extreme reshoots.”

With this in mind, it was clear a new helmer would be needed to see this show through. Now, Variety is reporting that James Hawes has hopped on board to direct the series and co-executive produce it.

This isn’t Hawes’ first collaboration with TNT, as he is coming off of directing two episodes of their period drama The Alienist. He’s also other high-quality shows like Black Mirror, The Mist, and Penny Dreadful. Clearly, this guy knows what he’s doing, and it’s good to see that, despite losing Derrickson, they aren’t necessarily sacrificing talent.

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SOURCE: Variety

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