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.

The Hollywood Reporter broke word of a Snowpiercer TV series, which director Bong and co-producer Dooho Choi will executive produce alongside Adelstein, Becky Clements, and feature producer Chan-wook Park. For those unfamiliar, Snowpiercer followed the last remnants of humanity after a man-made ice age, traveling the globe on a train segregating the poor and starving from the rich in the forward cars.

Snowpiercer is based on the 1982 French sci-fi comic Le Transperceneige by Jacques Lob and Jean-Marc Rochette. The was followed by two sequels published in 1999 and 2000, and the movie's success has led to an additional sequel, Terminus, which will be released next year. You can check out our advance review here.

Says Tomorrow Studios of the TV adaptation:

We are very excited to be working with Josh on this incredible story. As such a prolific and innovative writer he is the ideal person to create a massive new world in this adaptation. This is an expansive, high-concept project and we are thrilled to be a part of reimagining it for television.

Adds Friedman:

I couldn’t be more excited for the opportunity. Marty and Becky 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 f—ing train. What more could you want?

You can check out the original trailer for yourself below, but could a Snowpiercer TV series work, or feel a bit claustrophobic in a closed setting?


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