By TREVOR HOGG
A volatile class struggle that takes place onboard a massive train speeding through a post-apocalyptic frozen wasteland was originally conceived as a graphic novel called Le Transperceneige by Jacques Lob and Jean-Marc Rochette in 1982. South Korean filmmaker Bong Joon-ho (Parasite) co-wrote and directed Snowpiercer (2013), a cinematic adaptation that was his English language debut, and it garnered such acclaim that the rights were optioned to develop a television series, produced by Joon-ho, which airs on TNT in the U.S. in May, and globally streams on Netflix.
Like the story which is built upon conflict, the journey beyond the page has not been a peaceful one. Controversy erupted when The Weinstein Company removed 25 minutes of footage from the director’s cut of the film before restoring it after critical acclaim for the film and the pilot episode was entirely re-shot with showrunner Josh Friedman (Emerald City) being replaced by Graeme Manson (Orphan Black).