It's been a big day for fans of Bong Joon-ho: After the announcement that his latest film secured a whopping $50 million from Netflix and Brad Pitt's Plan B Entertainement, now comes word that his sci-fi film Snowpiercer, starring Chris Evans, John Hurt and a totally unrecognizable Tilda Swinton, is getting adapted for TV.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Marty Adelstein's Tomorrow Studios (which is a partnership between Adesltein and ITV Studios) has optioned the rights to the 2013 movie written and directed by Bong Joon-ho (his first English-speaking film). Set in a post-apocalyptic ice age, the sci-fi action film was based on the 1982 French graphic novel Le Transperceneige by Jacques Lob and Jean-Marc Rochette.
Set in 2031, it followed the only remaining survivors (and the only remaining life left on the planet) on board a train traveling around the globe. An unyielding class system emerges and relegates the lower class to the end of the 1,000-car train, while the elite enjoy a life of luxury at the front. Led by Curtis (Chris Evans), the lower class revolt and become intent on making their way to the front of the train in order to spread the wealth around.
Bong and his co-producer, Dooho Choi, are attached to executive-produce the series with Adelstein and producing partner Becky Clements, and the script will be penned by Josh Friedman (Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, War of the Worlds). Chan-wook Park, who produced the movie, is also attached as an executive producer.
“We are very excited to be working with Josh on this incredible story,” Adelstein said. “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.”
Some of Friedman’s latest TV credits include NBC's pirate drama Crossbones, the comic-book adaptation Locke & Key (which, sadly, never saw the light of day beyond the pilot at Fox) and Emerald City, a modern re-imagining of the stories leading to The Wizard of Oz.
“I couldn’t be more excited for the opportunity,” Friedman said. “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?”
Released in North America in 2014, Snowpiercer was produced for about $40 million, grossing over $86 million worldwide.
Do you think Snowpiercer could make for a good TV series?