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Recent events surrounding the 2020 election and US politics have caused many to remember and reference George Orwell’s novel, Nineteen Eighty-Four for its stark similarities to today’s political climate. Now, the somewhat prophetic, dystopian novel is set for TV after former ABC chief Paul Lee’s independent studio Wiip optioned the rights to Robert Icke and Duncan Macmillan’s stage show of the same name.
Snowpiercer is an unusual, modern science fiction film. Based on the French graphic novel Le Transperceneige, the film was a 2013 science fiction movie by South Korean director Bong Joon-ho. It starred a wide range of actors from all across the world, such as Chris Evans, Song Kang-ho, Tilda Swinton, John Hurt, Octavia Spencer, Jamie Bell, Go Ah-Sung, and Ed Harris. The movie takes place after global warming has created a second Ice Age on the planet Earth, with humanity’s remnants living on a mobile train that crosses the entire world, the titular Snowpiercer. There is a class division resulting in the poor folk being confined to the back of the train, controlled using threats of violence and given scraps to eat, while the rich grow fat off their high quality of life in front of the train. Highly imaginative and full of octane action, the film received critical acclaim and was a huge international hit. It has now become a cult film and now, it may receive even more attention with the teaser for a TV series.
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According to Empire this weekend, at ComicCon, a teaser trailer debuted for the Snowpiercer television series. Although just a trailer, the teaser showcased the primary of the themes of the film quite well. With classes divided in the ever-running train, mutiny is brewing among the poorer sections of the train. The series show runner is Graeme Manson, who previously helmed Orphan Black. The show stars Jennifer Connelly, Daveed Diggs. Alison Wright, Mickey Sumner, Susan Park, Iddo Goldberg, Katie McGuinness, Lena Hall, Annalise Basso and Sam Otto. It is scheduled to be released here in the states on TBS, with Netflix handling the international release. The series will see its premiere next spring, so keep an eye out for the incoming train. Hopefully, we can see the world the film created more explored in full through the TV show and we’re certainly excited to see this unique story told once again on the small screen.
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