Several Gazprom Media subsidiaries – including TNT-Premier Studios Company, TV-3 Channel and Central Partnership Film Company – are teaming to produce a new film adaptation of Dmitry Glukhovsky’s acclaimed sci-fi novel “Metro 2033” reports Variety.
Set in 2033 after a nuclear holocaust devastates Moscow and survivors head under ground, the story follows a young survivor who is forced to go on a journey that will see him deal with mutants, soldiers of a Fourth Reich and political factions of various metro stations in order to reach above ground.
The property has previously been adapted into three highly successful video games still played all around the world, but no film version as yet. In literary form, the original book trilogy has spawned over 100 tie-in novels.
Glukhovsky tells the trade: “Despite getting numerous offers to [adapt it for the screen], I turned them all down for over 10 years. In Russia, I didn’t see any producers who could make a good [screen adaptation of] this book. It just seemed impossible. But now I finally met a team that I can entrust ‘Metro’ with. Our ambitions turned out to be similar: to create a world-class blockbuster and stun even those who have read the trilogy and know it by heart. So as not to disappoint them, I am ready to become a creative producer of the movie and help create it with both my advice and action.”
Filming is due to start next year ahead of a local premiere on January 1st 2022. Director and cast have yet to be announced and exclusive rights to the film will reside with Gazprom Media. Producer Evgeniy Nikishov says the film has great box-office potential and so are planning the “largest-scale advertising campaign we have ever done” to accompany the film’s release.
The news comes a little over half a year after Glukhovsky got the rights back to the property from MGM which had been trying to develop a film adaptation since at least 2012. At the time, Glukhovsky said the project was facing the same problem that has long plagued the “Akira” adaptation – namely it intended to ‘Americanize’ the setting of what is a work very much intertwined with another country in terms of story context, theme and tone.