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TNT orders an hour-long 'Snowpiercer' pilot

By
Karen Butler
South Korean director Bong Joon Ho arrives for the opening of his film The Host at the 2006 Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF) in Vancouver, British Columbia, September 30, 2006. TNT has ordered a pilot based on his 2013 movie Snowpiercer. File Photo by Heinz Ruckemann/UPI
South Korean director Bong Joon Ho arrives for the opening of his film "The Host" at the 2006 Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF) in Vancouver, British Columbia, September 30, 2006. TNT has ordered a pilot based on his 2013 movie "Snowpiercer." File Photo by Heinz Ruckemann/UPI | License Photo

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 21 (UPI) -- TNT says it has ordered an hour-long pilot for Snowpiercer, a futuristic thriller based on the 2013 film with the same name by director Bong Joon Ho.

The first episode of a potential series is being executive-produced by writer and show-runner Josh Friedman. The story 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 globe," a synopsis noted.

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No casting has been announced for the project yet. The critically acclaimed movie that inspired the TV version starred Chris Evans, Tilda Swinton, Jamie Bell, Octavia Spencer, Go Ah-sung, John Hurt and Ed Harris.

"Snowpiercer has one of the most original concepts to hit the screen in the last decade, and it's one that offers numerous opportunities for deeper exploration in a series format," Sarah Aubrey, executive vice president of original programming for TNT, said in a statement. "We look forward to expanding TNT's relationship with Tomorrow Studios and their take on a world where humanity is pushed to the extreme."

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"TNT has become a great producing partner to Tomorrow Studios and we are excited to continue our relationship with them on Snowpiercer, for which we not only have a pilot, but are writing multiple scripts," added Adelstein, chief executive officer of Tomorrow Studios. "This is an incredibly powerful story and one for which finding the perfect home was imperative to its success."

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