Film Editor Justin Gerber and I hardly disagree on much. However, when Bong Joon Ho’s Snowpiercer stopped at American cinemas last summer, he was a little like this while I was a little like that. Still, that didn’t stop him from writing one of our more positive reviews of 2014, which boiled down to this: “With its direction, witty dialogue, introspection, and chock-full of bizarre train cars, Bong’s Snowpiercer rebels against the norms of summer blockbusters — overthrowing them all.”
Granted, he wasn’t alone. The Korean film, which starred Chris Evans, Tilda Swinton, Ed Harris, John Hurt, and Billy Elliot, won over dozens of critics, snagged a number of nominations, and zoomed away with $86.8 million worldwide. Considering that success, it makes sense that Marty Adelstein’s Tomorrow Studios wants to do more with the banner name, which is why they’re taking the franchise to the small screen.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Sarah Connor Chronicles showrunner Josh Friedman has climbed aboard to lead the series. This is a smart move on behalf of Adelstein; after all, the Terminator spin-off series was strong on story and heart, and arguably remains the most clever followup to James Cameron’s iconic franchise yet. Even better, the film’s original braintrust of Joon Ho, Dooho Choi, and Chan-woof Park will serve as producers.
“We are very excited to be working with Josh on this incredible story,” Adelstein said. “As such a prolific and innovative writer he is the ideal person to create a massive new world in this adaptation. This is an expansive, high-concept project and we are thrilled to be a part of reimagining it for television.”
Snowpiercer is only one out of a dozen films currently being adapted for television. In addition to already-running titles like Fargo, Evil Dead, and Minority Report, there are also plans to rework Lethal Weapon, Taken, and Training Day.
So Justin, your place or mine when this comes on?