SDCC 2019: Our First Look into the World of TBS’ ‘Snowpiercer’

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Based on the film 2013 film of the same name by director Bong Joon-Ho, Snowpiercer is a new science fiction show that chronicles the trials and tribulations of the 3000 souls who are the last of humanity as they traverse the globe in a 1001 car train, after man has turned the world into a frozen wasteland.

During the panel at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con fans were treated to the first look at the official trailer, which starts with glimpses of Jennifer Connelly, walking down a white hallway, and Tony Award winner Daveed Diggs partially obscured by shadows. As Snowpiercer barrels across its ice covered tracks, its passengers are on the verge of a civil war between the haves and have nots, for even in the apocalypse money and social status still make the world go round.

Tired of the Tailys being fed scraps and treated as social pariahs, Andre Layton (Daveed Diggs) prepares his people for a rebellion that could either change everything for the good, or destroy what they have left. On the opposing side is Melanie Cavill (Jennifer Connelly) who believes that their class system is the right and the only way for humanity to survive.


When asked about the history of the tail and how it’s passed down through storytelling, Diggs revealed that audiences will learn about past events and the experiences of the inhabitants. He described it as being a “unifying characteristics of all the classes on the train.” Despite their differences, everyone on board has suffered many losses, and sharing their histories is a coping mechanism. Showrunner Graeme Manson revealed that the “feel” of the show is inspired by the film, and “the ideas” taken and inspired by the original graphic novel French graphic novel Le Transperceneige by Jacques Lob and Jean-Marc Rochette.

Snowpiercer premieres on TBS in Spring of 2020, and is produced by Tomorrow Studios (a joint venture between Marty Adelstein and ITV Studios), along with CJ Entertainment, who produced the original film. The series is executive produced by Tomorrow Studios’ Marty Adelstein and Becky Clements; showrunner Graeme Manson, who wrote the first episode; director James Hawes; Matthew O’Connor; Scott Derrickson, and the original film’s producers Bong Joon Ho, Miky Lee, Tae-sung Jeong, Park Chan-wook, Lee Tae-hun and Dooho Choi.