Bong Joon Ho is arguably one of the most innovative directors working today, having earned critical acclaim for a host of films from Memories of Murder to Mother. The Korean director’s first English language film, Snowpiercer, was a huge hit with fans and critics thanks to its distinctive look and talented cast which included Chris Evans, Tilda Swinton, Jamie Bell and Octavia Spencer.
It has recently been announced that Tomorrow Studios producers Marty Adelstein and Becky Clements have purchased the rights to the film, with hopes to adapt it into a television series; an interesting move since the film solely takes place on a massive train traveling around the globe.
The producing duo have hired Avatar 2 and Avatar 3 scribe Josh Friedman to pen the series – the perfect choice considering his previous credits include other sci-fi fare such as The Sarah Connor Chronicles and War of the Worlds.
Speaking with The Hollywood Reporter, Friedman declared his excitement, noting that “Marty and Becky are the perfect partners to help me bring this world to TV. I’m a huge fan of director Bong’s films, especially Snowpiercer. It’s great the way the best sci-fi is great — thoughtful, political, funny, scary and sly. And it’s on a train. A big f—ing train. What more could you want?”
The film was actually an adaptation of a French graphic novel called Le Transperceneige, and took place in a post-apocalyptic ice age that forces earth’s last survivors aboard a supertrain run on a strict social class system.
If you haven’t seen Snowpiercer yet, then clear your schedule and get to it.