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Development: Snowpiercer series lands new director, Valiant's Quantum and Woody heading to TBS

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Jul 10, 2018

The holiday lull has passed and Hollywood is back to business, which means it's time for another recap of recent development news.

TNT's adaption of the post-apocalyptic train film Snowpiercer is back on track with the hiring of James Hawes as a director. Variety reports that Hawes, a prolific TV helmer whose credits include Doctor Who, Penny Dreadful and the 2016 Black Mirror episode "Hated in the Nation," will oversee reshoots following the departure of original director Scott Derrickson. The Doctor Strange director quit the series after disagreeing with the "extreme reshoots" requested by new showrunner Graeme Manson (Orphan Black).

Academy Award winner Jennifer Connelly (A Beautiful Mind) and Tony winner Daveed Diggs (Hamilton) lead the cast of the series, which is based on the 2013 film of the same name by Korean director Bong Joon Ho, which was in turn based on the French graphc novel Le Transperceneige. Set on a constantly moving train that travels the ice-covered planet after attempts to thwart climate change went cataclysmically awry. Chris Evans, Tilda Swinton and Octavia Spencer were among the cast of the theatrical version.

Hawes will also serve as co-executive producer on the series. The network green lit the project in January, but a premiere date has not been announced.


TNT's sister network TBS is also keeping active in the genre, having secured the rights to develop a series based on the Quantum and Woody comic books. Per Deadline, Ant-Man and The Wasp writers Andrew Barrer and Gabriel Ferrari are penning the pilot adaptation of the Valiant Entertainment property.

Originally created in 1997 by writer Christopher Priest and artist Mark Bright and then rebooted in 2013, Quantum and Woody follows a pair of adopted brothers who, after years of estrangement, reunite to solve their father's murder. Along the way they become super-powered heroes. The comic was at least partially inspired by the characters played by Wesley Snipes and Woody Harrelson in the 1992 film White Man Can't Jump.

Another pair of brothers, Anthony and Joe Russo, are executive producers of the series. The Avengers directors will be joined by Mike Larocca overseeing the project. Reports that the Russos would tackle Quantum and Woody first surfaced last year.


And finally, Deadline also reports that Nat Wolff has been cast in the feature film Body Cam, starring opposite Mary J. Blige for the Paramount Players division of Paramount. The film follows a group of Los Angeles police officers who are haunted by a spirit connected to the murder of a black youth murdered by cops. The title refers to the body camera film that was destroyed in a cover up. Wolff's role was not specified. (Oscar-nominee Blige plays one of the haunted cops.)

Wolff, who got his start on the Nickelodeon teen mockumentary The Naked Brothers Band, joins the horror movie after last year's Netflix adaptation of the supernatural thriller Death Note.

Malik Vitthal (who wrote and directed Imperial Dreams, last year's Netflix film starring John Boyega) will direct the film, from a script originally penned by Richmond Riedel then rewritten by Nic McCarthy and John Ridley.