Snowpiercer is an upcoming Korean/American sci-fi thriller film based on the French graphic novel Le Transperceneige by Jacques Lob and Jean-Marc Rochette.
The film is directed by Bong Joon-ho, and co-written by Bong and Kelly Masterson. The film starsChris Evans, Song Kang-ho, Jamie Bell, Alison Pill, John Hurt, Tilda Swinton, Octavia Spencer, and Ed Harris. The film marks Bong's English-language debut; he has mentioned that approximately 80% of the film was shot in English. On November 9, 2012, The Weinstein Company secured distribution rights in North America, United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.
The film is set in a future where a runaway experiment to stop global warming has caused an ice age that killed nearly all life on the planet. The only survivors are the inhabitants of the 'Snowpiercer', a massive train that travels around the planet and is powered by a perpetual-motion engine.
Over time a class system evolves on the train, with the elites inhabiting the front of the train and poor inhabiting the back of the train. Tired of their poor living conditions, the riders in the back revolt, attempting to seize control of the engine, which the elites in the front consider sacred.
In late 2004, Bong visited his regular comic book shop in Hongdae area, Seoul during pre-production of his acclaimed monster flick, The Host. He found Jean-Marc Rochette's French graphic novel series Le Transperceneige and finished reading the entire series while standing in front of the bookshelf, where he found it.
He was fascinated by ideas of people struggling on the train for survival, and every cabin is classified in social stratification. Bong showed the series to his friend, fellow director Park Chan-wook, who loved it as well. In 2005, Park's production company Moho Films secured the screen rights to the series for Bong."Snowpiercer" is based on the French comic "Le Transperceneige" by Jacques Lob.
September 15, 2010 - director Bong Joon-Ho has finished the first draft for "Snow Piercer".
Second draft was finished December 8th, 2010.
Approximately 90% of the movie takes place on the snow train. Shooting set for the snow train takes place at Barrandov Studio in Prague, Czech Republic.
Filming began April 16, 2012. Some preliminary shooting took place in late March on Hintertux Glacier, Tirol - a western province of Austria.
May, 2011 - the final draft has been completed.. Movie will contain roughly 50% Korean dialogue & 50% English. Pre-production has commenced. Art director Ryoo Seung-Hee and his team is working on the art design - front and back of the train, engine.
July 2, 2012 - Korean distributor CJ Entertainment has decided to invest a total of 45 billion won ($39 million USD) for the movie "Snowpiercer". CJ Entertainment originally planned to invest 15 billion won and receive domestic (Korean) distribution rights, with the rest of the money coming from investors overseas. Even though filming began in April, Hollywood companies postponed their investments until after watching the movie. Because of this, CJ Entertainment has decided to increase their investment to the 45 billion won total. The movie is on track to finish filming in late July or August, 2012.
July 14, 2012 - filming for "Snowpiercer" finished July 14, 2012. The movie filmed in the countries of Austria & the Czech Republic.
Even before the movie's release, "Snowpiercer" has recouped nearly half of its investment cost thanks to licensing sales (20 billon won) to international territories including US, Canada, England, New Zealand, Fance, Japan, Rusia, East Europe, South America and East Asia.