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It would seem things are not going well on the Snowpiercer TV series to the point that the pilot director is refusing to return for reshoots.
Snowpiercer became a hit film in 2013 thanks to Bong Joon-ho’s adaptation of the French comic Le Transperceneige. It was a fun film with a great cast headed up by Chris Evans.
TNT picked up the rights for a TV adaptation and hired Josh Friedman (War of the Worlds, The Blak Dahlia) to write and Scott Derrickson (Doctor Strange) to direct.
In January Friedman departed his duties at the series as executive producer and showrunner. Graeme Mason (Orphan Black) was brought in to replace him and he apparently has some big ideas on retooling the feature-length pilot.
Derrickson is not a fan.
Taking to social media, the director stated:
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.
No word on what the plans call for now.
The series is set to star Jennifer Connelly and Daveed Diggs and will be set during the seventh year of the train’s post-apocalyptic journey begins.