Octavia Spencer, the co-star of the award-winning film, The Help, has joined the cast of the upcoming sci-fi thriller Snowpiercer.
The Snow Piercer which is based on the French graphic novel “Le Transperceneig” is about the only survivors of the human species who are living on a massive train that goes around in an endless loop. This train which breaks the laws of thermodynamics by running forever even after an ice age hits; is massive and is divided in a hierarchical system. The rich go to the front, poor to the end. Contained within this chain are military carts and food supplies. Like any class system, there are always those that aim to misbehave and go about with a revolution.
Published in 1983, the post-apocalyptic future, black and white comic was made by Jacques Lob and Jean-Marc Rochette. The book has since been translated to Korean where it may have finally made it’s way to director Bong Joon-ho; who co-wrote and directed the comedy-horror classic The Host. Bong Joon-ho bought the rights to the comic in 2005 and will be teaming up with Park Chan-wook (The director of Oldboy! *GLEE!*) and Dooho Choi to produce the movie. The most recent draft for the project was written by American screenwriter, Kelly Masterson, who is best know for writing the screenplay for the film “Before The Devil Knows You’re Dead.”
Spencer will also be joining a star studded cast which includs Chris Evans, John Hurt, Tilda Swinton and star of The Host, Korean actor Song Kang-ho, reports Heat Vision. Currently set to shoot Mandate’s untitled Diablo Cody project, Spencer will then move on to Snow Piercer at the end of April. There she will play a passenger on the super train who joins the revolution to save her son.
Since the comic is available in French, Korean and German, hopefully I can find an English scanlation somewhere out there I can read. My current speculation about the film is that the train is somehow responsible for the ice age as the power source that allows it to run forever is introducing entropy into Earth’s system and screwing around with the second law of thermodynamics; perpetual energy at the cost of the free ambient energy. Shutting it down may fix the long white night.
As a fan of The Host and an absolute fanatic of Oldboy, I have high expectations for the Bong Joon-ho and Park Chan-wook team up, but it sounds an awful lot like the 2008 movie, City of Ember, which of course is also set in a post-apocalyptic world. Instead of being stuck on a train, the inhabitants of Ember are underground and running out of supplies and power.
As I’m currently obsessed with horror movies, I hope the snow thaws and out come the zombies.