Snowpiercer TV Series Moves Back to TNT, Pacing for Spring 2020 Debut
The Snowpiercer television series has had a pretty lengthy journey to the small screen, and it looks like it just hit yet another snag. On Wednesday, it was announced that the television adaptation would be moving back to TNT, where it was initially developed several years ago. This comes after the series initially jumped from TNT to TBS earlier this year. According to Variety, this news also comes with news that the series will finally debut in the spring of 2020.
"We've had the unique opportunity to more thoroughly test and explore where this show will best perform," Kevin Reilly, chief content officer of HBO Max and president of TNT, TBS, and truTV, said in a statement. "While we are still adding dramas to TBS (such as Obliterated), after further research and consideration we've decided to keep Snowpiercer on TNT. Now that we've seen this incredible post-apocalyptic sci-fi series in its entirety, and better understand the audience this show will appeal to, we're confident it will perform strongest on TNT."
Snowpiercer draws inspiration from the graphic novel Le Transperceneige by Jacques Lob, and tells the story of a dystopian future where all remaining people live on a speeding train. The cars are divided up based on social standing, eventually causing an uprising from the lower-class people in the back of the train. The graphic novel was adapted into a fan-favorite movie by Bong Joon Ho in 2013, which starred Chris Evans and Tilda Swinton.
"I'm a personal fan of Bong Joon Ho's epic film and jumped at the chance to honor his original vision, yet expand upon the world and characters with a diverse, award-winning cast," Sarah Aubrey, Executive VP of Original Programming at TNT, said when the project was initially ordered to series. "Science fiction is the perfect genre to examine issues of race, class, gender and natural resources with thought-provoking and exciting storytelling. Snowpiercer will explore those relevant issues while embarking on a wild, action-filled ride."
The cast of the Snowpiercer television series includes Jennifer Connelly (Top Gun: Maverick, Alita: Battle Angel), Daveed Diggs (Hamilton), Rowan Blanchard (Girl Meets World, A Wrinkle in Time), Mickey Sumner (Frances Ha), and Alison Wright (The Americans). The series is showrun by Orphan Black co-creator Graeme Manson.
"It's been great." star Aleks Paunovic previously told ComicBook.com. "It's a massive ensemble. It's an amazing cast. You know, Jennifer Connelly? Come on. And she's been nothing but a pleasure to work with. An extremely smart actor. And all the creatives behind it, everybody behind the scenes and the actors, again, huge ensemble. So I'm just feeling very grateful that I get to be put in a spot to watch these people act. And having it on a TV series from a film that I thought was fantastic and them asking me to come aboard, no pun intended, to do the show, it's been a blessing."
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