“Sinister” and “Doctor Strange” director Scott Derrickson is reportedly refusing to return for reshoots on the TNT series “Snowpiercer”.
A remake of the Bong Joon-ho’s 2013 sci-fi film, itself an adaptation of the French comic “Le Transperceneige,” Derrickson helmed the feature-length pilot for the new series which boasted a script by Josh Friedman who penned Spielberg’s “War of the Worlds,” De Palma’s “The Black Dahlia” and created the spin-off TV series “Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles”.
Friedman exited the “Snowpiercer” series as executive producer and showrunner in January, citing creative differences, and was replaced by “Orphan Black” co-creator Graeme Mason. Mason is now planning some serious retooling and Derrickson is not impressed, so much so he’s exiting the project and says on social media:
“The 72-page Snowpiercer TV pilot script by @Josh_Friedman is the best I’ve ever read. The feature-length pilot I made from that script may be my best work. The new showrunner has a radically different vision for the show. I am forgoing my option to direct the extreme reshoots.”
Jennifer Connelly and Daveed Diggs lead the cast of the story which is set seven years after the world has become a frozen wasteland and the remnants of humanity inhabit a gigantic, perpetually moving train that circles the now wintry globe. TNT has yet to set a premiere date.