“Mr. Robot” creator Sam Esmail is readying a lavish miniseries based on Fritz Lang’s iconic 1927 sci-fi film “Metropolis” for Universal Cable Productions. Plans are for a series with a budget of a whopping $10 million per episode.
The project is in the very earliest stages of development and won’t launch for another 2-3 years – likely once Esmail’s four or five season plan for “Mr. Robot” is done (he’s currently in production on the third season now). Esmail’s exact role in the project is still being negotiated but if it’s anything like “Mr. Robot” it will be very hands on.
The TV 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. Chad Hamilton will also executive produce.
A writer’s room is being setup but it will be different – a total of only 2-3 scribes and will be more about figuring out series conceptually as opposed to writing scripts. The project will likely be shopped to various cable and streaming outlets.
UCP and Esmail are also teaming to develop a TV series based on the new podcast “Homecoming”. The six-part experimental-fiction podcast follows a caseworker at a secret government facility, her ambitious supervisor, and a soldier desperate to rejoin civilian life.
Major A-list actors, including some who have not done television before, are already said to be circling the project which would go out to premium cable and SVOD buyers early in 2017.
Source: The Live Feed