The official trailer has arrived for Snowpiercer, a series adaptation of the graphic novels by Jacques Lob and Jean-Marc Rochette.
If you’ve seen Bong Joon Ho’s fantastic 2013 film adaptation you’ll already know the premise: years after the world has become a frozen wasteland, the last remnants of humanity inhabit a huge train that circles the earth. Things are anything but peaceful though, as new class systems lead to conflicts that shatter the frail balance on board.
This looks mighty similar to the film, although you could consider this to be a prequel of sorts; the movie was set 17 years after the earth-changing catastrophe and this takes place around 7 years after the event. The trailer below showcases a promising show with strong production values and Jennifer Connelly chewing up the screen, it’s only a shame that you can’t shake the feeling that this really isn’t necessary. Still, it could have enough changes on offer that it works as a great new vision, and a series format certainly allows for a much thorough exploration of the themes the graphic novels put forth. We’ll see.
This has had quite the bumpy ride so far. The show’s development saw original series creator Josh Friedman (Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles) fired after creative differences couldn’t be ironed out. Then director Scott Derrickson (Doctor Strange) was asked to return for reshoots after having directed the pilot; he said no, due to the “radically different vision” new showrunner Graeme Mason (Orphan Black) had for the series.
Snowpiercer, also starring Daveed Diggs, Mickey Sumner, Annalise Basso, Sasha Frolova and Alison Wright, among many others, will be hitting TBS in 2020.
Official synopsis for Snowpiercer:
Set more than seven years after the world has become a frozen wasteland, Snowpiercer centers on the remnants of humanity, who inhabit a gigantic, perpetually-moving train that circles the globe. Class warfare, social injustice and the politics of survival play out in this riveting television adaptation.