Snowpiercer, the last remaining scripted series at TNT, has been scrapped by the network.
Season 4 of the post-apocalyptic drama series was already set to be its last, but now Warner Bros. Discovery will not even move forward with airing it as planned.
Instead, Tomorrow Studios will shop the series, based on the 2013 film of the same name, to other outlets. The 2013 film was itself based on a graphic novel.
“We can confirm that TNT will not air season four of ‘Snowpiercer,’” said a network spokesperson in a statement. “This was a difficult decision, but our admiration for the talented writers, actors and crew who brought ‘Snowpiercer’s’ extraordinary post-apocalyptic world to life remains strong. We have been working collaboratively with the producers since last year to help the series find a new home where fans can continue to enjoy the compelling story and exceptional visual experience. We look forward to working with them on future projects.”
Variety reported in April 2022 that TBS and TNT were doing away with scripted programming after Discovery‘s acquisition of Warner Bros. Among some of the other projects that suffered a similar fate over the past year include the JJ Abrams sci-fi series Demimonde, the DC film Batgirl and the HBO Max comedy series Minx.
Snowpiercer first went into development in 2015, ordered to pilot in 2016, and ordered to series in 2018. Original showrunner and series creator Josh Friedman left the show, with Graeme Manson taking over as showrunner. After that, Scott Derrickson, the pilot’s original director, did not return for the pilot’s reshoots, citing creative differences with Manson’s new vision for the show. James Hawes came onboard to direct the reshoots in July 2018. It was then announced that the show would be moving to TBS, but was brought back to TNT in October 2019.
“We love ‘Snowpiercer’ and believe season four completes a story with incredible talent that will entertain viewers while exploring issues of climate change and class warfare,” said Tomorrow Studios’ CEO & partner Marty Adelstein and president & partner Becky Clements. “We are so passionate about this series that we have acquired the rights to control the franchise. We hope to find the perfect partner shortly and finish a great ride with the final season.”
Fans of the show will have to wait to see if and when Season 4 will get the greenlight elsewhere.