From director Bong Joon-ho and adapted from the French graphic novel “Le Transperceneige,” Snowpiercer tells the story of what happens after Earth has been frozen for 17 years, making the planet uninhabitable, and the few who are still alive are separated by class and now live aboard a train that perpetually circles the world. When a young leader (Chris Evans) from the slum-like tail section decides to start a riot, his fellow passengers charge toward the engine located at the front of the train, where they seek to gain absolute authority.
At the film’s press day, screenwriter Kelly Masterson spoke at a roundtable interview about the challenges in bringing this story to life, the elements of the source material that stood out for him, his process for working with director Bong Joon-ho, what he enjoys about the science fiction genre, which character he has an affinity for, and what he’s hoping people take away from the film. He also talked about the experience of writing Killing Kennedy, writing Sidney Lumet’s last film as a director, Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead, writing the twisted and dark Good People, starring James Franco, and working on a mini-series about John Brown and the raid on Harper’s Ferry in 1859 for FX. Check out what he had to say after the jump.