Four months after tapping a new show runner for the drama, pilot director Scott Derrickson is declining to return for reshoots as part of the show’s new vision. TNT’s ‘Snowpiercer‘ series based on Bong Joon-ho’s movie of the same name — itself an adaptation of a French graphic novel called “Le Transperceneige”.
In a tweet, the “Sinister” and “Doctor Strange” helmer said the feature-length pilot he directed “may be my best work,” but that the new showrunner has a “radically different vision” — and so he’s chosen not to direct the reshoots.
Friedman (Sarah Connor Chronicles, War of the Worlds) developed the drama based on the 2013 Korean feature film and penned the script for TNT. The project, which was first put in development with Friedman in 2015, was picked up to pilot at TNT in November 2016 and picked up to series in January — without Friedman. It marked the latest time that TNT president Kevin Reilly has parted ways with Friedman or one of his projects. During his tenure as programming president at Fox, Reilly passed over Friedman’s own pilot take on Locke and Key and canceled his drama The Sarah Connor Chronicles.
Orphan Black co-creator Graeme Manson was tapped in February to take over as showrunner on the drama. Daveed Diggs and Jennifer Connelly star in “Snowpiercer,” which has yet to receive a premiere date.