The latest iteration of Snowpiercer premieres on TNT tonight (May 17th), and I think it’s safe to say that fans of the graphic novel and previous movie are excited to see how TNT’s version will stack up.
Snowpiercer is based on the original 1982 graphic novel Le Transperceneige which caught the attention of South Korean filmaker Bong Joon-ho enough to write and direct his own 2013 film adaptation starring Chris Evans. This latest version is said to be a reboot of that film’s continuity with all new characters in a total of ten episodes for this first season.
Snowpiercer is set more than seven years after the world experiences its second ice age, freezing everything except a gigantic 1001-car train that perpetually circles the globe. Inside the train, the last remnants of humanity are arranged in each train car by class, with the uppity high class in the front and the lowest of the criminal slave laborers in the back.
The TV series stars Daveed Diggs and Jennifer Connelly as members of opposing classes during the train’s literal breakdown. While the 2013 film focuses on a rebellious uprising from the back to the front, this very 2020 version is set to hone in on cooperation and nonviolent methods of solving the problem of repairing a moving train that is falling apart after more than seven years of running day and night.
Early showings of the series have already garnered mixed reviews, but we’ll just have to see for ourselves how it all plays out, starting tonight at 9 p.m. ET on TNT.