The success of the 2013 movie Snowpiercer can’t be overstated, between director Bong Joon-Ho fighting the Weinsteins for an uncut version, and earning a wider release by word-of-mouth praise, but we can’t say we expected a TV adaptation to follow. And yet, Tomorrow Studios has optioned the rights for a Snowpiercer series inspired by the South Korean sci-fi movie, as written by Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles scribe Josh Friedman.
Long before Snowpiercer was a film starring Chris Evans and Tilda Swinton, Le Transperceneige was well known in Europe as a classic of the science-fiction genre. Created by writer Jacques Lob and drawn by Jean-Marc Rochette, the first volume – The Escape – was published in 1982 at the height of the severe global economic recession and the dawn of Thatcherism and Reaganomics on the world stage.
The fact that the English translation didn’t arrive until last year, after the greatest post-war slump of all, is perhaps no coincidence – the tale of a massive train harbouring the last humans on earth, sorted by class from richest to poorest with no room for progression is as timely today as it was in the ‘80s.
And now, one year later, not only do we have the subsequent sequels available on the English market but also a brand new volume (just released in France) that will hit our shelves in February – and we've had a chance to read and review it in advance.
A brand new volume of Snowpiercer from Jean-Marc Rochette and award-winning writer Olivier Bocquet is set to debut in France next month, and Titan will race to publish the English edition in February, giving us the entire set in gorgeous matching hardcover.
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