What can you tell us about the plot of Snowpiercer: Extinction? MATZ: The story takes place before the original Snowpiercer series, which means I get to show you what happens right before the end of the world. It’s also a story that new fans can enjoy. It’s a story about a world – our world, really – on the brink of chaos, and how it plunges straight into annihilation. We have doomsday preppers, eco-terrorists, people trying to save the world, and even others planning on destroying it… Do you have a favorite scene? MATZ: It’s hard to pick! Every scene is elevated by Rochette’s art – I’m so impressed by his illustrations. Scriptwise, I’m most proud of the way we build up the tension. I don’t want to spoil things, but we have two… let’s call them shamans, in this story. The reader will have to decide which they like best.
Jean-Marc Rochette illustrated every Snowpiercer book – what was it like working with him? MATZ: The fact that Rochette asked me to collaborate with him on Extinction was hugely important to me. He’s the original artist – if it had been someone else, I’m not sure I would have accepted. What I am sure of is that the book would have been very different: Rochette knew what he wanted to do from the start. He told me the kind of story he wanted to tell, and we went from there! Working alongside Rochette gave me the guidance and sense of legitimacy I needed. I wrote a treatment, and then the script, which we worked together closely on. It all went smoothly. We get along really well, and creatively speaking we just clicked: the story he wanted touched on a number of ideas I’d wanted to write for some time. The first book was released in 1982. How did you adapt the series to everything that’s changed since then? MATZ: Actually, I’m not sure the world has changed all that much – Lob was spot on back in the 80s. you can look at books and movies from the 80s, the 70s, and even earlier, and see the same problems we are facing today were already on people’s minds. Pollution; the destruction of the planet, our only habitat. Maybe the difference is that today we seem closer than ever to the breaking point. We’ve never done enough to really change anything, and I don’t think we will until it’s too late.
Do you have any messages for fans of Snowpiercer? MATZ: Yes! Take a good look at Rochette’s pages, because they really are quite amazing. I hope that they will enjoy this new cycle as much as the previous ones. Check out this handy Snowpiercer timeline to see when the books, movie, and TV series all take place.
Snowpiercer The Prequel Part 1: Extinction
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