Based on the French comic book Le transperceneige by Jacques Lob, Benjamin Legrand, and Jean-Marc Rochette, TNT’s new Snowpiercer series also takes its cues from Bong Joon-ho’s 2013 adaptation. Set in a frozen post-apocalypse, the series focuses on the last bastion of humanity as it circles the Earth in a 1001-car-long rail train. Some of the train cars are opulent and decadent. Other are ravaged by poverty. Propelling viewers through this locomotive society is a murder mystery unique to the show. And as seen in this new trailer for the program, it is up to Jennifer Connelly to maintain order. But with Daveed Diggs fomenting a rebellion in the rear cars, life aboard the train may soon be derailed.
We’ll be honest: we’ve always been ambivalent about Snowpiercer. Even its feature film form left as little … well, a little cold. The series has had a difficult journey to broadcast. In 2016, TNT commissioned a pilot from writer Josh Friedman. Doctor Strange‘s Scott Derrickson directed it in 2017 and TNT picked it up in 2018. But when the network asked for some retooling, Friedman left the project. Derrickson refused to return for reshoots claiming Friedman’s script was one of the best he’d ever read and that he sharply disagreed with replacement showrunner Graeme Manson‘s vision for the program. Director James Hawes remounted the pilot, delaying the show’s debut by a year. That doesn’t sound like an auspicious start to a program. Combined with the fact we never really connected with the material in the first place, this seems like another of TNT’s middling attempts in the genre space.
That said, we’ll still take a look at it and see if, perhaps, the crucible of cable television brings the material some added heft.
Snowpiercer premieres May 17th on TNT.