As reported by The Hollywood Reporter, “Snowpiercer,” Korean writer/director Bong Joon Ho’s striking sci-fi feature from 2013, is getting the television treatment in a new series to be penned by Josh Friedman. Friedman’s previous credits include “The Sarah Connor Chronicles,” “Locke & Key” (which never made it past the pilot stage) and “Crossbones.”
“I couldn’t be more excited for the opportunity,” Friedman said in a statement. “[Executive producers] Marty [Adelstein] and Becky [Clements] 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 fucking train. What more could you want?”
In “Snowpiercer,” an environmental disaster leaves the entire world in the clutches of an eternal, inhospitable winter. What human life remains does so on the Snowpiercer, a high-tech train traveling non-stop around the globe. To make matters worse, post-apocalyptic winter-wasteland train society has its fair share of problems, including an authoritarian regime that keeps the lower classes at the back of the train in poverty and lets the elites live comfortably at the front. This predictably proves to be a recipe for revolt as the downtrodden masses fight their way through the bizarre locomotive.
While it’s unknown whether any of the film’s cast will be returning for the TV adaptation, Bong Joon Ho and the original film’s producer Chan-Wook Park are set as executive producers for the series. Marty Adelstein’s Tomorrow Studios has optioned the rights to the film, and no network is attached. Adelstein and Clements are currently producing partners on “Last Man Standing,” Tim Allen’s ABC sitcom, and “Aquarius,” the NBC period drama starring David Duchovny.
Update: Friedman took to Twitter to inform fans the adaptation will “not be a network show.”
No word was given as to whether this would be a sequel, prequel or reimagining of the original story, though the finality of the film would lead us to assume it would be one of the latter two options.