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'Snowpiercer' Graphic Novel Getting English Translation (Exclusive Photo)

The French work was adapted into a film starring Chris Evans, Alison Pill and Tilda Swinton.

Snowpiercer Vol. 1 The Escape cover - P 2013
Titan Comics
The cover of "Snowpiercer Vol.: 1 The Escape"

Snowpiercer, the French graphic novel that inspired the upcoming film of the same name, is on track to reach English-speaking readers for the first time.

Titan Comics will release the first English-language translation of Snowpiercer in early 2014, and The Hollywood Reporter has an exclusive look. (See a page at the bottom of this post.)

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Snowpiercer will be released in two parts, with Volume 1: The Escape hitting stores on Jan. 29, 2014, and Volume 2: The Explorers coming Feb. 25, 2014. The graphic novel was written by the late Jacques Lob and Benjamin Legrand and was illustrated by Jean-Marc Rochette.

The post-apocalyptic tale centers on the inhabitants of a train forever circling a frozen planet Earth. The train is 1,001 carriages long and holds the only life left on the planet. The elite reside at the front of the train, and the poor live in deplorable conditions in the rear. One man from the rear hopes to reach the train's engine and find a better future.

VIDEO: Chris Evans Rides Post-Apocalyptic Train in 'Snowpiercer' Trailer

The film adaptation was directed by acclaimed South Korean helmer Joon-ho Bong and stars Chris Evans, Alison Pill, Tilda Swinton, Jamie Bell, Ed Harris and John Hurt. The Weinstein Co. is distributing the film, which is due in U.S. theaters during the first part of 2014. The film hit Korean theaters over the summer.

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