Look, I can’t say this for certain, but it seems likely that the Snowpiercer TV show will in no way live up to the drama surrounding its own production. And now, WarnerMedia has thrown some more chaotic fuel to the series’ fire.
To do some catchup on the journey so far: TNT originally ordered the series — starring Daveed Diggs and Jennifer Connelly — in January of 2018, based on Joon-ho Bong‘s 2013 film of the same name, which itself was based on the French post-apocalyptic graphic novel “Le Transperceneige.” The pilot was written by Josh Friedman (Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles) and directed by Scott Derrickson.
Shortly afterwards, Friedman left the project over “creative differences,” though on Twitter he stated that he was fired for fear of not being “compliant.” About a month later, Orphan Black co-creator Graeme Manson was tapped as the new showrunner, with TNT’s executive vice president of original programming calling him “the best conductor to navigate the thought provoking and delicate themes of the series while bringing this frozen, futuristic world to life.”
But, Friedman lashed out at Manson for not reaching out to him in a series of Tweets, and then Derrickson tweeted about his exit from the series citing Manson’s “radically different vision.”
Which brings us to today, when WarnerMedia has announced the series will premiere in the Spring of 2020 on TBS … not TNT. Why the cable channel known for comedy, you may ask? Well, according to a press release: “Known for its culture-defining comedies, TBS will be adding dramas to its programming lineup starting with Snowpiercer.” What?
Further, the series has also been renewed for a second season a year before it even premieres. In the same press release, Brett Weitz, general manager for TBS and TNT, said: “We believe in the longevity of this series and that audiences will be amazed by the fantastical world that brings to life such relevant social, political and environmental issues.” Ok!
The series is “Set more than seven years after the world has become a frozen wasteland, Snowpiercer centers on the remnants of humanity, who inhabit a gigantic, perpetually-moving train that circles the globe. Class warfare, social injustice and the politics of survival play out in this riveting television adaptation. Writing on Season 2 will begin this June with Graeme Manson (Orphan Black) returning as executive producer and showrunner.”
In addition to Connelly and Diggs, Season 1 of Snowpiercer stars Alison Wright (The Americans), Mickey Sumner (Frances Ha), Susan Park (Ghostbusters), Iddo Goldberg (Peaky Blinders), Katie McGuinness (Dirty Filthy Love), Lena Hall (Hedwig and the Angry Inch), Annalise Basso (Bedtime Stories), Sam Otto (Jellyfish), Roberto Urbina (Narcos), Sheila Vand (Argo) and Jaylin Fletcher (Saturday Church). Rowan Blanchard (Girl Meets World) has been elevated to series regular for Season 2.