TNT’s long-awaited post-apocalyptic sci-fi series Snowpiercer is finally going to premiere, and the good news is we’ll get to watch it a few weeks earlier. Originally set to debut on May 31, the decision was made to bump the show’s premiere up two weeks to May 17.
“Snowpiercer is one of the most anticipated original series of 2020 and in this climate, viewers are craving thrilling, engaging, edge-of-your-seat content that speaks to them on a deeper level,” says Brett Weitz, general manager for TNT, TBS and truTV in an official press release. “It is extremely important that we continue with our promise to meet audiences where they are, and to that effect, we are moving up Snowpiercer’s premiere so that fans can enjoy this futuristic series even earlier.”
The release also confirmed that Snowpiercer’s new release date is directly related to the novel coronavirus pandemic, in an effort to meet increased viewer demand while everyone is stuck at home watching television. The show was initially announced back in 2015, with a pilot directed by Doctor Strange filmmaker Scott Derrickson completed in 2017. That pilot was ordered to series, but underwent extensive reshoots that Derrickson declined to return to complete, citing creative differences with the new showrunner Graeme Manson. It’s been a long road for the series, but it’s exciting that we’ll finally get to see it this spring.
Here’s the official synopsis, from the press release:
Set more than seven years after the world has become a frozen wasteland, Snowpiercer centers on the remnants of humanity who inhabit a perpetually moving train, with 1001 cars, that circles the globe. Class warfare, social injustice and the politics of survival play out in this riveting television adaptation based on the graphic novel series and film from Oscar® winner Bong Joon Ho (Parasite).
Snowpiercer stars Oscar® winner Jennifer Connelly (A Beautiful Mind), Grammy® and Tony® Award winner Daveed Diggs (Hamilton, Black-ish), Emmy® nominee Alison Wright (The Americans), Mickey Sumner (Frances Ha, Battle of the Sexes), Susan Park (Ghostbusters), Iddo Goldberg (Peaky Blinders, The Zookeeper’s Wife), Katie McGuinness (Dirty Filthy Love), Tony Award® winner and Grammy® nominee 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).