Orphan Black's Co-Creator Is Taking Over as Showrunner for TNT's Snowpiercer

A scene from 2013's Snowpiercer, which is being adapted into a TV series.
A scene from 2013's Snowpiercer, which is being adapted into a TV series.
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The never-ending train of the apocalypse keeps on rolling. Graeme Manson, the co-creator of BBC America’s critically acclaimed Orphan Black, is taking over as the new showrunner for TNT’s Snowpiercer, after the previous one was reportedly pushed out.


Snowpiercer, based on the 2013 Bong Joon-ho film starring Chris Evans and Tilda Swinton, is about a gigantic, perpetually moving train that encircles the planet after Earth was turned into a frozen tundra. It might sound like a bit of a departure from sister clones and genetic engineering, but if there’s anything Manson knows how to do, it’s lead a great scifi series.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Manson replaces Josh Friedman, who developed the show and wrote the pilot, only to leave in January when TNT picked up the series. TNT has cited creative differences, but Friedman has claimed he was removed from the series because the network wanted someone more “compliant.” He’ll still continue to receive an executive producer credit, even though he’s no longer working on the show.

Sarah Aubrey, executive VP of originals at TNT, said of the new hire, “[Mason] is the best conductor to navigate the thought-provoking and delicate themes of the series while bringing this frozen, futuristic world to life.”

Mason and co-creator John Fawcett wrapped five seasons of Orphan Black on BBC America last year and io9 named it one of the greatest genre shows of the last ten years—so it’s safe to say our expectations for Snowpiercer are pretty high now. Hamilton’s Daveed Diggs and Jennifer Connelly are set to star in the pilot directed by Doctor Strange’s Scott Derrickson. No premiere date has been set.

[The Hollywood Reporter]

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The way I see it there is two ways to make a movie into a TV series, just drag out the story over many episodes or seasons. Can work but there is little point unless it is an epic book or series of books condensed down to one film. You can expand on the universe and events. Sometimes takes away from the story of the film, sometimes works well and adds to the lore in a good way.

Lord of the rings was 10+ hours of cinema magic, But there is a lot of material and the events take place over a long period of time, so works well for a TV show over 3-5 seasons. However, in this case with excellent movies that hold up, I would give it 10 more years before a TV show. My sequel idea of Merry and Pippin joining Legolas and Gimli on an epic journey to find the Ent wifes would make for a much better show.

Snowpiercer was based of a comic, I have not read it. But I dont see the need for more than a movie with this story, I mean you can have the show extend into what happened after. Like they did with Legion, but then it becomes something else. Do we need a ice age ending people from a train making a new civilization show? I say not really. The film dragged out over 1-2 seasons would be like butter scraped over too much bread.... Damn those LOTR films are good.