Despite the film’s troubled route to UK cinema screens, we have a lot of love of for the Chris Evans and Tilda Swinton-starring comic book movie Snowpiercer here at Geek Towers. Massive Hollywood stars trapped on a train filled with class warfare… what’s not to love?
We were intrigued to hear, then, back in 2015, that a Snowpiercer TV show was in the works, and even more excited to hear that a pilot was in production with Scott Derrickson (Doctor Strange) calling the shots. But while a series order for Snowpiercer gave us the impression that it was chugging along smoothly on the proverbial track of production, the series hit an unscheduled station stop, as the appointed showrunner/writer/executive-producer, Josh Friedman, parted ways with the series over the cited reason of creative differences.
His replacement was quickly found, however. Graeme Manson has taken over showrunner duties. Manson, who achieved acclaim as the co-creator/writer/executive-producer of BBC America’s 2013-2017 clone-centric thriller series, Orphan Black, has stepped into the cab of Snowpiercer’s proverbial post-apocalyptic locomotive, and the series has already preemptively been renewed for a second season.
Snowpiercer TV series trailer
Here’s a first trailer for season 1…
Snowpiercer TV series cast
Jennifer Connelly, Daveed Diggs, Mickey Sumner, Susan Park, Benjamin Haigh, Sasha Frolova, Katie McGuinness, Alison Wright, Annalise Basso, Sam Otto, Roberto Urbina, Sheila Vand, and Lena Hall form the main cast of the series.
Connelly is playing Melanie Cavill, described by Deadline as “a First Class passenger who works as the Voice of the Train — responsible for making the daily announcements over its PA system. Though many in her VIP position are dismissive of the lower class passengers, Melanie is curiously fascinated by them.”
Diggs’ character is Layton Well, described by CBR as “a prisoner barely surviving the harsh conditions in the tail end of the train.”
Snowpiercer TV series plot
Snowpiercer is based on the French graphic novel Le Transperceneige by Jacques Lob, Benjamin Legrand and Jean-Marc Rochette. The series will be set 7 years after the planet has frozen, and cover the class warfare between survivors trapped on an endlessly-moving train where conditions vary in each section, depending on how lucky you are.
Snowpiercer TV series release date
A vague release date estimate of ‘spring 2020’ has now been offered by US host, TBS. Netflix UK has the streaming rights over here.