The graphic novel Snowpiercer is being translated from its original French language into English. The decision to translate the comic into English is related to the film adaptation, directed by Joon-ho Bong. The movie, which has already premiered in Korea, where the director is from, has found some complications in the United States, where The Weinstein Company is trying to cut around 20 minutes worth of footage.
Out Next Year
Le Transperceneige, the French title of the comic, is being translated into Snowpiercer in two different parts, both of which will be published at the beginning of next year. The first part, entitled Volume 1: The Escape, will be out on January 29, 2014. The second part, Volume 2: The Explorers, will be published on the following month, on February 25, 2014. Titan Comics will be in charge of releasing both parts, which will be the first translations ever to be made in English of the novel.
The Original Graphic Novel
The original novel was written by the French Jacques Lob and Benjamin Legrand between the years 1984 and 2000. The script was then illustrated by Jean-Marc Rochette. The plot revolves around life in a frozen Planet Earth, the consequence of a failed experiment to stop global warming, where the only people left of the entire human race live in a train with 1,001 carriages. Social stratification is still present in the post-apocalyptic world, where the higher classes are those who occupy the front carriages. But then one man, living in those carriages at the back, decides to turn things around and reach the train’s engine to modify everyone’s fate.
The Film Adaptation
The film adaptation is directed by Joon-ho Bong, who turned the original novel into a South Korean sci-fi action movie. It stars Tilda Swinton, Chris Evans, Alison Pill, Ed Harris, John Hurt and Jamie Bell, and it was aired in South Korea on August, 2013, and in France by the end of October, 2013. In the United States, the film will be distributed by The Weinstein Co., who will be airing the movie sometime during the first months of 2014.
In August, the American public found out that The Weinstein Co. was planning on cutting around 20 minutes out of the highly acclaimed movie, which sparked some reactions on the part of the interested Americans. Director Joon-ho Bong has stated that negotiations are still going on and that he is trying to get his own version through.