Snowpiercer: how different is the TV series to Bong Joon-ho’s 2013 movie?


Whereas in days passed by it was widespread for profitable TV series to make the transition to the huge display, as of late the reverse is usually true. Actually, many new reveals which have sprung up lately started life as movies, with Taken, Noah Hawley’s Fargo and an upcoming Clueless series simply the tip of the iceberg when it comes to tasks transferring from huge to small display.

Now, one other series to be a part of this pattern is new sci-fi drama Snowpiercer, which takes its inspiration from Bong Joon-ho’s acclaimed 2013 movie of the similar identify (in addition to the French graphic novel on which that movie was initially primarily based).

Like a lot of the different reveals talked about above Snowpiercer is not a direct adaptation, as an alternative functioning as a reboot that retains a lot of the set-up, aesthetic and themes of the earlier model whereas telling a brand new story with new characters.

However what did keep the similar in each variations? And what was lower out? We’ve taken a take a look at a few of the key variations beneath…

How different are the characters in Snowpiercer?

Most of the characters we’re launched to in the TV series are utterly new, though a few of them are clearly impressed by the solid of the movie.

The primary protagonist in the series is Andre Layton (Daveed Diggs) who shares some clear similarities with Chris Evans’ character Curtis Everett from the movie; each are revolutionary leaders a lot admired by their fellow passengers in the tail part of the practice. Nevertheless there are some necessary distinctions as effectively: we study much more about Layton’s previous life than we ever do about Everett, most notably that he was a murder detective in his life prior to boarding the practice.

Maybe the most memorable character in the movie was Minister Mason – the horrifying and eccentric second-in-command on the practice, as performed by Tilda Swinton. This character has successfully been cut up into two in the series, with each Jennifer Connelly’s Melanie Cavill and Alison Wright’s Ruth Wardell embodying different points of her character; Melanie takes the sternness and place as second-in-command and voice of the practice, whereas Ruth takes the Northern accent and a few of Mason’s extra eccentric qualities (together with her behavior of carrying a fur coat to go to the tail of the practice).

Different characters, akin to Annalise Basso’s LJ Folder, Iddo Goldberg’s Bennett and Mickey Sumner’s Bess Until are kind of utterly new for the series, which clearly has much more time to discover a wider vary of passengers residing on board the practice.

In the meantime one character in the movie who is talked about in the TV series is Wilford (performed by Ed Harris in the film) – however there are just a few surprises in retailer the place this character is involved as effectively…

Is the setting different in Snowpiercer?

Though the primary setting – that of an enormous practice carrying the final remaining survivors of a local weather disaster round a completely frozen Earth – is kind of precisely the similar, there is a change the place the time is involved.

Whereas the movie happened 19 years after the incident which had pressured all the passengers onto the practice, the series is primarily based barely earlier – simply six years into the practice’s journey. So is this new Snowpiercer a prequel? You’ll be able to’t rule something out…

How does the story differ in Snowpiercer?

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We don’t need to give an excessive amount of away about how the motion unfolds on the TV present, as there are a number of surprises in retailer that are finest loved if left unspoiled.

Nevertheless it’s secure to reveal that the set-up and construction of the series differs in pretty main methods. The series introduces a homicide thriller aspect in the opening episode, with Layton requested by these in the practice’s extra prosperous compartments to assist remedy a spate of killings which have been occurring in third class.

This leads into the structural adjustments. Whereas the movie was instructed in a really linear trend, with the protagonists continually transferring ahead, the series jumps round the different compartments of the practice, permitting us to spend extra time in Snowpiercer’s varied segments.

And one in every of the reveals stars, Annalise Basso, instructed that she reckons these structural adjustments will go down effectively with viewers.


She mentioned, “When it comes to the film, I feel folks will love getting to discover all these different courses.

“In the film it simply goes straight by means of the tail and heads up to the engine and also you don’t actually get any time to get to know the characters anyplace else in the practice.

“So what I actually love about the present is you get to actually discover the entire world of Snowpiercer as an alternative of simply the plotline of 1 specific character.”

Nevertheless, some standout moments from the Snowpiercer film stay in the TV series, akin to one character having their arm eliminated through excessive freezing and the use of black, tar-like bricks to feed the poor inhabitants of the practice’s tail.

Clearly, there’s loads on this new series for each new and outdated followers of Snowpiercer – even when we’ll nonetheless miss having Chris Evans concerned…

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