Development on Joon-ho Bong’s Snowpiercer has taken years. The adaptation from French graphic novel to fully realized science fiction film has been a long road (er, long track?), but finally found a home at The Weinstein Company. They hope to give this film a wide summer release this year. However, specific dates have not yet be unveiled.
Snowpiercer is based on a graphic novel of the same name and follows a world-travelling train packed to the walls with survivors of a post-apocalyptic environment that has transformed into a new ice age. The inhabitants on the train are divided into economic classes and, as you might guess, a revolt brews like a beaker on a hot plate.
Director Joon-ho Bong promises stunning but grim visuals. Combined with a strong premise such as this, this film is one to watch this year.
Snowpiercer stars Chris Evans, Ed Harris, Jamie Bell, Alison Pill, John Hurt, Tilda Swinton, Octavia Spencer, Ewen Bremner, Kang-ho Song and Luke Pasqualino. You can see some of the cast in this featurette that hit the web a few days ago. It is entirely in Korean, but you get a sense of the visuals from some of the completed sequences and a little B-roll footage.
Here’s the best translation I could find of Bong’s voice over:
“The new Ice Age came to the world, freezing everything outside the train that the survivers are boarding like Noah’s Ark, but with segregated social classes. Curtis, the leader of the cold and famished people on the tail of the train, rises in revolt to move forward to the front, one section by section. This is the story of the people wildly going straight forward so that we can reflect ourselves on.”
Source: First Showing