The “Snowpiercer” TV series has finally scored a release date with the first season set to premiere Sunday, May 31st on TNT.
Based on the “Le Transperceneige” graphic novels and Bong Joon Ho’s 2013 film adaptation of them, the show about a never-ending train ride through a wintery apocalypse has been in the works since 2016 and has undergone a tumultuous production history.
The series has already been through two showrunners and switched networks from TNT to TBS and back to TNT again. It has also already been renewed for a second season.
Current showrunner Graeme Mason was asked about all the delays during the Television Critics Association press tour on Wednesday afternoon. He says: “It had a long birth. It’s a really great property, I’m a huge fan of director Bong’s movie and huge fan of the graphic novels, and it took a long time to get it right and we got it right.”
Mason adds that aside from a “little piece of a special effects set piece”, nothing of the original pilot helmed by Scott Derrickson and penned by original showrunner Josh Friedman remains: “It was a full rebirth of the series. When I came on, I pitched a different world.”
The series will be a character drama, we will “get to know the classes in all the episodes’ and that “there is enough cannibalism for the cannibalism fans, but that’s not the thrust”.