After a pair of critically acclaimed seasons, Mr. Robot creator Sam Esmail is preparing to tackle another project: a television miniseries version of the sci-fi classic Metropolis.
Based on the classic 1927 film by director Fritz Lang, the project is currently in development at Universal Cable Productions, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Details on Esmail’s exact role are still up in the air as Metropolis is still in the early stages, and sources tell the trade publication audiences aren’t likely to see the finished version for at least two years.
With Mr. Robot originally conceived as a five-season arc, it’s possible Metroplis may not fully come together until Esmail’s work on that series has completed. He’s notorious for being hands-on with the show, even going so far as to direct every episode of Season 2, and his devotion may not allow much time to focus on Metropolis.
The basic premise of the miniseries won’t stray very far from the source material.
Like the original film, the small-screen adaptation will take place in a future society where wealthy industrialists rule the vast city from high-rise tower complexes, while a lower class of underground-dwelling workers toil constantly to operate the machines that provide its power. Risking everything they know, two star-crossed lovers from opposite sides of the divide must find a way to bring down the whole system.
At the time of its release, Lang’s film was one of the most expensive cinematic endeavors of all time, and its use of special effects was considered revolutionary. Universal reportedly is willing to spend as much as $10 million per episode on the new version, which should give Esmail plenty of room to break new ground of his own.
Esmail is currently in production on the third season of Mr. Robot, which will air sometime in 2017.
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