When is Snowpiercer on TV? What is it based on?

Everything you need to know about the upcoming dystopian thriller

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - OCTOBER 05: Jennifer Connelly, Daveed Diggs and Alison Wright speak onstage at the Snowpiercer panel during New York Comic Con at Hammerstein Ballroom on October 05, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Eugene Gologursky/Getty Images for ReedPOP )

Bong Joon-ho’s latest film Parasite is currently the talk of the town, having been showered with awards across the globe, including the Palme D’Or at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival and, most recently, the coveted best picture Oscar.


And another of his films – 2013’s Snowpiercer – is now set for a small-screen adaptation, with Bong himself serving as an executive producer.

The show has been a long time in the making, with Tomorrow Studios first acquiring the rights back in 2015. Here’s all you need to know about the dystopian sci-fi thriller…

What is Snowpiercer based on?

Of course, the TV show is passed partially on the aforementioned Bong Joon-ho film of the same name – which boasted an all-star cast including Chris Evans and Tilda Swinton – but the original source material can actually be traced back further.

Just like the film, the series takes its inspiration from the 1982 French graphic novel Le Transperceneige, by Jacques Lob, Benjamin Legrand and Jean-Marc Rochette.

What is Snowpiercer about? 

As was the case in the big screen version, the show takes place on-board a huge train which is constantly in motion, carrying its passengers round and round an Earth that has been reduced to a frozen wasteland due to climate catastrophe.

Those on the train represent the last surviving remnants of humanity, and are sorted into a cruel and rigid class system which allows for vast inequality and little social mobility – naturally leading to a great deal of tension.

Who is starring in Snowpiercer?

The film version boasted an enviable cast including some of Hollywood’s biggest stars, and although the TV cast isn’t quite as high profile, it nonetheless includes some big names.

Daveed Diggs, best known for playing Marquis de Lafayette and Thomas Jefferson in hit stage musical Hamilton, plays the show’s lead Andre Layton, while Jennifer Connolly (Alita: Battle Angel) plays Melanie Cavill, a first class passenger and the Voice of the Train.

The cast also includes Mickey Sumner (Frances Ha), Annaline Basso (The Red Road) and Alison Wright (Sneaky Pete).

What’s been said about Snowpiercer?

The pilot episode is directed by Scott Derrickson – the man behind Marvel movie Doctor Strange, although he refused to return for re-shoots following a change in showrunner – claiming that “The feature-length pilot I made… may be my best work.”

Star Daveed Diggs has said that the show would “broaden exponentially” the world as seen in the film and graphic novel, while TNS president Kevin Reilly compared it to “a space ship show.”

Meanwhile Sarah Aubrey, EVP Original Programming at TNT, told Deadline, “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.

“We look forward to expanding TNT’s relationship with Tomorrow Studios and their take on a world where humanity is pushed to the extreme.”

Is there a Snowpiercer trailer?

 Yes! You can take a look at what to expect below.


When will Snowpiercer be on TV?

We don’t have an exact date yet, but the show will air first in the United States, appearing on American network TNT, before being added to Netflix for fans in the UK and elsewhere. We’ll keep you posted when we get an official date!