‘Snowpiercer: Snowbreaker’ is one of the most anticipated series of the season. In the United States, TNT will premiere it on May 17 and in Spain, Netflix will have it exclusively from May 25. His path to achieve this was not exactly easy, since the project started in late 2015 and has suffered countless mishaps since then.
It was in November 2015 when the launch of this television adaptation of the movie Bong Joon-ho based in turn on a comic ‘Le Transperceneige’ was announced. Josh Friedman – ‘Terminator: Dark Fate’ – was then signed on and the project progressed smoothly until a year later it emerged that the TNT channel had decided to stay with him, approving the completion of a pilot.
Everything seems to be going smoothly when in May 2017 it is revealed that Scott Derrickson -‘Doctor Strange’- is going to deal with directing the pilot with Daveed Diggs and Jennifer Connelly in the roles that in the film fell to Chris Evans and Tilda Swinton.
The problems begin
We then jump to January 2018, which is when TNT announces that it gives the green light to the series. The release date and how many episodes it will have is unknown, but most striking is that Friedman is completely ignored in the press release. Something smells singe, confirmation coming a month later with the signing of Graeme Manson, co-creator of ‘Orphan Black’, to replace Friedman as showrunner.
In addition, it is clarified that Manson will soon get down to work to rewrite the pilot script. Friedman is quick to post his version of events on twitter:
I didn't "exit" over creative differences. TNT insisted that I be removed from show running duties because they didn't think I'd be compiant. Hopefully they found someone more to their liking.
— josh friedman (@Josh_Friedman) February 27, 2018
“I did not leave because of creative differences. TNT insisted that I be kicked out of my duties as a showrunner because they did not believe I would be obedient. Hopefully they will find someone else to their liking.
Friedman’s displeasure does not end there, since in May of that same year harshly criticizing Manson for his behavior: “if you are going to stay in charge of a series that I developed, in which I worked for two years and you are not going to put yourself contact me before you do it, you’re an idiot, a coward or a motherfucker puppet. ”
Another who was not very happy with the signing of Manson was Derrickson, who refused to do all the reshoots that the pilot who had already filmed and left the series needed, not without praising the work that Friedman had done at the time:
“The 72 pages of the Snowpiercer pilot script that Josh Friedman wrote is the best I have ever read. The pilot I did with that script may be my best work. The new showrunner has a radically different view of mine on the series. I give up my option to direct the reshoots. ”
The changing solutions
TNT takes very little time to hire James Hawes, who had already collaborated with the network in several episodes of ‘The Alienist’, to deal with the reshoots, although apparently there is practically nothing left of the original pilot beyond a plane of visual effects , which caused the series to be delayed again.
In May 2019 the series runs the risk of ending up on deaf ears because the option to renew the actors’ contract was about to end, so WarnerMedia, owner of TNT, announces its renewal for a second season and also the change of chain to TBS, channel that mainly emitted comedies, but to which one wanted to give a new direction.
WarnerMedia does not take long to regret that last decision, because in October of that year, after having seen the 10 episodes of the first season, and decides to move it back to TNT. Of course, nothing was yet known of a release date. That changes in January 2020, with its launch being announced in May this year, ending the ‘Snowpiercer: Snowbreaker’ odyssey.