TNT Executive Explains ‘Snowpiercer’ Showrunner Shuffle [TCA 2019]

/Film | 2/11/2019 | Fred Topel
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One year ago, TNT ordered a series based on Snowpiercer, the French comic that was adapted into a movie by director Bong Joon-ho. Doctor Strange filmmaker Scott Derrickson directed the pilot and Avatar 2 writer Josh Friedman signed on to run the show, but just weeks later, both Derrickson and Friedman were out. Orphan Black co-creator Graeme Manson is now running Snowpiercer.

TNT president Kevin Reilly gave an executive session for the Television Critics Association and /Film was able to ask him to provide insight into the Snowpiercer showrunner change.

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“Quite often when you have a change, it signals that you didn’t necessarily buy into a vision,” Reilly explained. “We had a pilot that was really promising with some really creative people behind it. In that case, they were really a filmmaker who had not done television before. Mounting a series was a different order. Graeme has built off of the template we have with the great cast.”

Friedman had experience running a television show, having created Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles several years ago. He took to Twitter to clap back at Manson, who never contacted Friedman after taking over his job. Friedman continued to tweet about his vision for Snowpiercer, which he didn’t want to compromise by implementing the network’s notes. “I...
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