The movie, based on the French graphic novel Le Transperceneige, was written and directed by South Korean filmmaker Bong Joon Ho, and co-starred Evans and Tilda Swinton as characters trying to survive on a train hurtling through a post-apocalyptic Ice Age landscape.

Now executives at TV mogul Marty Adelstein's Tomorrow Studios have optioned the rights to the 2014 release to adapt it for the small screen.

War of the Worlds screenwriter Josh Friedman has been hired to pen the script, while Bong and his filmmaking partner Dooho Choi are onboard to co-executive produce the series with Adelstein, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

"We are very excited to be working with Josh on this incredible story," Adelstein says. "As such a prolific and innovative writer, he is the ideal person to create a massive new world in this adaptation. This is an expansive, high-concept project and we are thrilled to be a part of reimagining it for television."

Snowpiercer was well-received by critics and fans alike upon its release last year (14) and it grossed $86.8 million (£54.25 million) worldwide.