Snowpiercer TV series adds Orphan Black co-creator as showrunner


There are a lot of unusual comic book television series on now, but TNT has one of the strangest coming in Snowpiercer.

With Snowpiercer coming to TNT, the network has chosen the showrunner for the comic book adaptation — and its a very talented individual.  Variety reveals that Graeme Manson has signed on to work as the showrunner following a successful tenure as one of the co-creators of the BBC series Orphan Black.

Josh Friedman (Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles ) originally signed on as the showrunner, but Variety reported that he left in January due to what was termed as creative differences. Jennifer Connelly is signed on to star in the TV series as Melanie Cavill, an important first-class passenger on the train known as the “Vouce of the Train,” who happens to be fascinated by the less fortunate riders.

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For those unfamiliar with Snowpiercer, it is based on the French graphic novel Le Transperceneige by Jean-Marc Rochette. The story surrounds a post-apocalyptic future where an environmental catastrophe caused the world to go into a new ice age. A high-quality train called the Snowpiercer was designed to run non-stop and survivors everyone alive.

However, the train is starting to slow down and cars need shredded. The entire Snowpiercer is broken down by social class, with the richest on the front, where they have all the perks they could ever want, and the poor and downtrodden in the back, where they are herded like cattle.

As expected, the poor in the back start a revolution where they try to move up to the front where there is real food, as well as other comforts but find the military protecting on the train standing in their way.

A movie was made back in 2014 by Korean mastermind Bong Joon Ho and starring Chris Evans.

On top of Jennifer Connelly, the Snowpiercer TV show on TNT also includes Daveed Diggs, Mickey Sumner, Susan Park, Benjamin Haigh, Sasha Frolova, Katie McGuinness, Alison Wright, Annalise Basso, Sam Otto, Roberto Urbina, Sheila Vand and Lena Hall.

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Production began in 2017, and Scott Derrickson (Doctor Strange) directed the pilot episode.