It’s no Clone Club, but the co-creator of BBC’s Orphan Black has found a new project -- Graeme Manson is now slated to helm TNT’s Snowpiercer series. Manson will be taking over for Josh Friedman, who developed the series and wrote its pilot. Friedman exited the show in January citing creative differences.
"Graeme’s extensive background in the sci-fi genre coupled with his brilliant work behind Orphan Black made him the perfect choice for this series,” Sarah Aubrey, executive vice president of originals at TNT, said in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter. “He is the best conductor to navigate the thought-provoking and delicate themes of the series while bringing this frozen, futuristic world to life.”
Manson co-created Orphan Black with John Fawcett in 2013. The series followed several clones, all played by Tatiana Maslany, who sought to uncover the mystery of how and why they had been made. The series ended recently after running for five seasons.
TNT’s upcoming Snowpiercer will adapt Bong Joon-ho’s South Korean sci-fi action film of the same name. That film was based on the French graphic novel Le Transperceneige by Jacques Lob, Benjamin Legrand and Jean-Marc Rochette.
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The series, which will star Daveed Diggs and Jennifer Connelly, is set seven years after an environmental catastrophe has forced the remainder of the world’s population onto a massive train that constantly circles the globe. Intense class division has forced the train’s poorer occupants into the backmost cars while the rich live in luxury in the front. This, of course, results in a revolution and subsequent class warfare.