Snowpiercer is coming to the UK. Netflix UK is set as the exclusive UK broadcaster for the series thanks to a larger deal between ITV Studios Global Entertainment and the streaming service, which will see Netflix serve as the global broadcaster outside of the U.S. and China.
Based on the film of the same name, Snowpiercer is set seven years after the world has become a frozen wasteland and centers on the remnants of humanity, who inhabit a gigantic, perpetually-moving train that circles the globe. Class warfare, social injustice and the politics of survival are questioned in this riveting television adaptation.
The drama series is set up as a co-production between ITV’s Tomorrow Studios and Turner’s Studio T and stars Jennifer Connelly (A Beautiful Mind), Daveed Diggs (Hamilton, Black-ish), Alison Wright (The Accountant), Mickey Sumner (American Made), Katie McGuinness (Dirty Filthy Love), Susan Park (Ghostbusters), Lena Hall (All My Children), Annalise Basso (Bedtime Stories), Sam Otto (Jellyfish), Sheila Vand (Argo), Roberto Urbina (Narcos) and Sasha Frolova (The Interestings).
Elsewhere, in a deal with NBCUniversal International Distribution, Netflix UK has also boarded Bravo’s new scripted series Dirty John, which is based on the articles and breakout true crime podcast of the same name from Los Angeles Times reporter Christopher Goffard.
Dirty John follows Debra Newell’s romance with John Meehan, a handsome and romantic charmer who sweeps Debra off her feet and pulls her into his web of lies. The scripted anthology series received a two season, straight to series order from Bravo Media earlier this year. The drama series is produced by Universal Cable Productions in association with Los Angeles Times Studios and Atlas Entertainment and stars Connie Britton and Eric Bana.
Netflix UK has boarded both shows under a unique licensing model that sees them provide substantial financing in exchange for global rights. This model has been used extensively through the streaming service’s relationship with NBCU for such shows as The Sinner, Shooter, Unsolved and Nightflyers. It was originally pioneered for Star Trek: Discovery, with the hefty fee Netflix pays CBS covering nearly the entire budget for the show.