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'Snowpiercer' Is Getting The TV Adaptation Treatment
Some great things just can't be left alone. Snowpiercer is the latest movie to get the film-to-TV adaptation treatment.
The 2013 sci-fi drama, which was based on a French graphic novel Le Transperceneige, is about a post-apocalyptic future where survivors (in a major class divide) are forced to keep riding a train around the world because it's so damn cold outside. The feature film has an A-list cast, starring the likes of Chris Evans, Ed Harris, Tilda Swinton and Octavia Spencer. It's helmed by Korean writer and director Bong Joon-ho, his first English-language film. And while it did okay in the U.S.—becoming a big thing mostly on VOD—it blew up internationally, with four million tickets sold during opening week in South Korea, and made $82 million overseas.
While we're a little hesitant about jumping on board with the TV adaptation because well, the original was already great, it does help that Bong and his producer Park Chan-wook will be attached to this TV adaptation as executive producers, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Josh Friedman (Sarah Connor Chronicles, War of the Worlds) will be penning the script for the show, and Marty Adelstein's Tomorrow Studios, which has produced series like ABC’s Last Man Standing, NBC’s Aquarius and MTV’s Teen Wolf, have optioned the rights to this baby.
"I’m a huge fan of director Bong’s films, especially Snowpiercer," Friedman said. "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?"
Bong's career has been on the up and up. Earlier this week, Netflix and Brad Pitt's company, Plan B, announced that Bong will direct Okja, a film about a Korean girl who strikes a friendship with a kind-spirited monster named Okja. Like Snowpiercer, this will also have a star-studded cast, including Jake Gyllenhaal, Paul Dano and Swinton. Production will start in April, and Netflix plans on a theatrical release of the film sometime in 2017.