A Snowpiercer TV show is in the works, because there’s not enough depressing stuff on TV
If you’re feeling really good about yourself and life in general, you may want to give Korean director Bong Joon-ho’s Snowpiercer a pass. It’s a good movie, but it’s not exactly happy.
Think The Walking Dead, but with slightly less gore and significantly more infanticide. If that doesn’t turn you off though, good news! There’s a Snowpiercer TV show in the works, so you can look forward to hours upon hours of depressing entertainment instead of a mere two hours.
The American-based Tomorrow Studios has optioned the film, with plans to turn it into a TV series, according to Deadline. It’s still too early to know any details, but Bong will act as an executive producer.
2013’s Snowpiercer starred Chris Evans, Song Kang-ho, and Tilda Swinson as survivors living on a train containing what the passengers believed were the last traces of humanity. The train continued on an endless loop, always moving to combat the deadly and oppressive cold of a new global ice age.
Snowpiercer was a critical hit, and despite less than amazing box office numbers, it was profitable. It will probably join the ranks of “cult movie” within the next few years.
The film was itself based on the French graphic novel Le Transperceneige by Jacques Lob and Jean-Marc Rochette. The movie diverted from the original comic, but the general idea remained the same.
In both versions, the train was a microcosm of society, with the dregs of society living in horrific conditions at the back of the train. In the comic, the train was 1,001 cars – the movie didn’t give an exact number, but the idea remained.
In both mediums, unbeknownst to those in the back, the passengers in the middle and front of the train live in comparative luxury. Uprisings are inevitable, and even encouraged as a means of population control. When one of the uprisings actually succeeds though, everything changes.
It’s an interesting twist on the increasingly popular post-apocalyptic genre, with a dash of social morality thrown in for good measure. No word yet on when this could potentially air, or if a specific network has expressed interest yet.