TNT has ordered a pilot for an hour-long “Snowpiercer” series, based on the movie of the same name, TheWrap has learned.
Tomorrow Studios and Turner’s Studio T are co-producing the pilot being executive produced by writer-showrunner Josh Friedman (“Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles”) and Tomorrow Studios’ Marty Adelstein (“Teen Wolf”) and Becky Clements (“Aquarius”).
Bong Joon Ho, who directed the feature film starring Chris Evans, Jamie Bell and Tila Swinton, will also executive produce, along with Park Chan-wook, Lee Tae-hun and Dooho Choi, as well as CJ Entertainment.
The show is set seven years after the world has become a frozen wasteland, and the remnants of humanity inhabit a gigantic, perpetually moving train that circles the globe. Class warfare, social injustice and the politics of survival are questioned in this riveting television adaptation.
Evans played the main character who led a lower-class uprise in the film. No cast for the series has been announced yet, but the network is actively writing additional episodes.
“Snowpiercer has one of the most original concepts to hit the screen in the last decade, and it’s one that offers numerous opportunities for deeper exploration in a series format,” said Sarah Aubrey, executive vice president of original programming for TNT. “We look forward to expanding TNT’s relationship with Tomorrow Studios and their take on a world where humanity is pushed to the extreme.”
“TNT has become a great producing partner to Tomorrow Studios and we are excited to continue our relationship with them on Snowpiercer, for which we not only have a pilot but are writing multiple scripts,” added Adelstein, CEO of Tomorrow Studios. “This is an incredibly powerful story and one for which finding the perfect home was imperative to its success.”