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Mr. Robot creator developing mini-series based on Fritz Lang's Metropolis

12.16.2016
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Fritz Lang Metropolis Sam Esmail

I'm ashamed to admit that one of the gaps in my movie-watching history includes Fritz Lang's METROPOLIS, but perhaps the news that a mini-series based on the film is being developed will give me the motivation I need to finally check out the silent classic.

Per THR, Mr. Robot creator Sam Esmail is currently prepping a METROPOLIS mini-series at Universal Cable Productions. It's still very early days on the project and the extent of Esmail's involvement is still being determined, but THR's sources say that UCP isn't even planning on launchin the METROPOLIS mini-series for another two to three years. This would give Sam Esmail the time he needs in order to conclude Mr. Robot's tentative four to five season plan. Although it was met with a mixed-reception at the time of its release, the costly METROPOLIS nonetheless wowed audiences with its massive scope and incredible special effects. It seems that Esmail will have plenty of money to play around with as well, as UCP is apparently willing to spend $10 million per episode. That would put it in about the same budget range as HBO's Westworld, but it likely wouldn't have as many episodes. THR also claims that the plan is to keep the story fairly similar to the 1927 film.

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.

The writers' room is being set up a little less traditionally, with only two or three writers involved, and at the moment the focus is less on writing scripts and more about trying to break down the movie conceptually. As for Mr. Robot, production on the third season of the series is currently underway and is expected to return in 2017.

Source: THR

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1:36AM on 12/17/2016
Please get Ewan McGregor and Leelee Sobieski for the lead roles
Please get Ewan McGregor and Leelee Sobieski for the lead roles
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12:36AM on 12/17/2016
Sounds very intriguing. I am very happy to hear that it will be postponed until Mr. Robot is done because Esmail needs to keep all his focus on the meticulously crafted masterpiece. that being said the guy is brilliant and he should do some amazing things with this.
If they could mine everything they did out of the fairly simplistic Westworld, imagine what they could do with this. The cool thing about Metropolis is it covered pretty much 80% of the Sci Fi tropes that would come to define
Sounds very intriguing. I am very happy to hear that it will be postponed until Mr. Robot is done because Esmail needs to keep all his focus on the meticulously crafted masterpiece. that being said the guy is brilliant and he should do some amazing things with this.
If they could mine everything they did out of the fairly simplistic Westworld, imagine what they could do with this. The cool thing about Metropolis is it covered pretty much 80% of the Sci Fi tropes that would come to define the genre.
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12:18AM on 12/17/2016
Is it just me or were b&w / silent movies more chilling to watch back then? I've watched the original Metropolis and found myself freaking out every now and then. The story is so gripping and powerful i don't think it can be replicated that it would be career-suicide for Sam Esmail.

But i'll keep an open mind.
Is it just me or were b&w / silent movies more chilling to watch back then? I've watched the original Metropolis and found myself freaking out every now and then. The story is so gripping and powerful i don't think it can be replicated that it would be career-suicide for Sam Esmail.

But i'll keep an open mind.
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12:32AM on 12/17/2016
Eh, great as the original is I don't see this as all that insulting (I always tend to be more open to a TV adaption where as If this were a film remake I would be laughing my ass off). Sort of like how you can't remake Westworld but you an do a crazy experimental TV adaption of the story.
Eh, great as the original is I don't see this as all that insulting (I always tend to be more open to a TV adaption where as If this were a film remake I would be laughing my ass off). Sort of like how you can't remake Westworld but you an do a crazy experimental TV adaption of the story.
6:17AM on 12/17/2016
It's not just you.
It's not just you.
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