'Snowpiercer' is Getting Its Own TV Show

Monday, 21 November 2016 - 1:28PM
Snowpiercer
Monday, 21 November 2016 - 1:28PM
'Snowpiercer' is Getting Its Own TV Show
Snowpiercer is one of those movies that seems cool when you don't think about it too hard. It's got elements of a dystopian, oligarchical future, crazy action scenes, and some subtext about climate change, but mixed in are some utterly bizarre shifts in tone as the characters move from train car to train car, with the weirdest being the one with the surprise gun fight in the faux-kindergarten class after a guy wheels in a bunch of New Year's eggs.

But if that sentence is the kind that piques your interest, then we've got some good news for you: Snowpiercer is getting its own TV pilot on TNT! Here's the tentative synopsis, from TVLine:

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Set seven years after the world has become a frozen wasteland, Snowpiercer will explore "class warfare, social injustice and the politics of survival" as it follows the remnants of humanity as they inhabit a gigantic, perpetually moving train that circles the globe.
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The pilot will be handled by some of the original producers from the film, including Bong Joon Ho, Park Chan-wook, Lee Tae-hun and Dooho Choi, and will be an hour long. It won't include the same cast members as the film, and will apparently be a deeper exploration of the world presented in the movie, though the titular giant train will presumably be at the center of it all.

What's concerning is that Snowpiercer kind of works as a one-shot Willy Wonka acid-trip, but again, that's only if you don't think too hard. Where does everyone in the Front cars sleep or go to the bathroom? How is there a rave car? Why was Wilford writing messages to the rest of the train on those little red notes? Why is Tilda Swinton a cartoon British person? The layout of the train is more dream-like than practical, and a lot of stuff (like the aforementioned kindergarten shootout) happens for no adequately explored reason other than it being cool. It's a movie that relies on aesthetics and film-making panache rather than strong worldbuilding or a coherent story (summed up when Curtis has his Matrix Revolutions Architect moment with Wilford).

Shows like 3% are good vehicles for exploring hard questions like "class warfare, social justice, and the politics of survival" because their premises were built around them. Snowpiercer is based around the plots of Hunger Games and Soylent Green with some cool visuals, a train, and an absurdist sense of humor thrown in. Making it into a TV show means it either has to sustain the weirdness and violence of the film, which is a tough balance to strike, or try to take itself seriously, which could alienate the fans. Neither option bodes well for it.

No release date has been given for the Snowpiercer pilot.
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