Fans of USA’s ‘Mr Robot’ (including yours truly) will be pleased to know that the show’s creator (not to mention the sole writer and director for every episode of Season 2 of the series) Sam Esmail is attached to work on a new project set to bring back to life the science fiction classic, ‘Metropolis.’
The original German film, released in 1927, garnered mixed reviews from critics at the time, but was later hailed as a beautiful masterpiece, and its influence can be seen throughout pop-culture, the most obvious examples being the name of Superman’s hometown (also Metropolis) and the look of the main robot being a direct influence on the look of C-3PO in ‘Star Wars.’ For those wondering if the mini-series version of the film is going to be any different from the movie, here’s the description of the series as provided by The Hollywood Reporter:
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.
Apparently, they are really pushing for Esmail to be heavily involved, as they are willing to wait 2 or 3 years to get the project off the ground, giving the man time to finish ‘Mr. Robot’ which is planned to run for about 4 or 5 seasons. Throw in the fact that the studio is apparently willing to spend around $10 million an episode, and this could truly be an epic television project. Does it sound like something you might be interested in watching? Have you ever heard of the original ‘Metropolis?’ Share your thoughts on the project in the comments below!
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