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From Fargo, to From Dusk Till Dawn, bringing major Hollywood films to the small screen has become a common practice these days. It makes sense, as doing this offers some distinct advantages, as universes can be fleshed out in ways that would simply be impossible during a two-hour feature. Now it seems that one of the biggest sleeper hits of 2014 may soon make the move to television: Snowpiercer.
While very little has been revealed about the project, Deadline reports that Snowpiercer has been optioned as a potential TV series. The film – which stars Captain America himself, Chris Evans – proved to be something of an underdog hit in 2014, performing admirably in its limited theatrical release and proving popular on streaming services such as Netflix. Snowpiercer is itself already an adaptation of a French graphic novel titled Le Transperceneige, which hit bookshelves back in 1982. If the project comes to fruition, it will remain in familiar hands, as director Bong Joon-ho has signed on to produce the potential series.
Taking place in a world where our attempts to combat global warming have resulted in the inadvertent freezing of the planet, Snowpiercer centers on the last of mankind whom have developed a tenuous, class-based society on a train that perpetually circumnavigates the globe over the course of 18 years. As previously mentioned, the film experienced only a limited theatrical release, so if you have yet to see it, check out the trailer below:
While Snowpiecer told a relatively self-contained story, the mythology established by the film could make for riveting serialized television. Despite only taking place over the course of one revolution onboard the titular train, a series could focus on the events leading up to humanity destroying the Earth, leading to the need to board the locomotive. Subsequent episodes could center on the chaos that ensued in the early days of Snowpiercer’s existence – something alluded to frequently by various characters in the movie. The potential series could also center on life after the events of the film, in which characters like Chris Evans’ Curtis have become mythologized for their actions in the film’s revolution.
With the ink barely dry on this new deal, we likely have quite a bit of time before we learn the nitty gritty about the project. We will keep you informed on any and all updates as they become available. Until then, Snowpiercer is available for streaming on Netflix, so be sure to check it out.