Get ready Fritz Lang fans, Metropolis is coming back… but slightly different than before.
Sam Esmail, creator of Mr Robot, is currently prepping a mini-series based on Fritz Lang’s 1927 classic (above).
“Sources say the showrunner’s exact role in Metropolis is still being negotiated as the project is in the very early stage of development. Insiders add that the studio isn’t aiming to launch the miniseries for another two to three years. Should Mr. Robot stick to its tentative four- to five-season plan, that timing would potentially allow for Esmail’s schedule to free up to where he could be more involved in the project. (He’s been famously hands-on with Mr. Robot, even going so far as to direct every episode last season.)”
“The writers’ room for the miniseries is said to be a less traditional setup. Insiders say it consists of only two or three scribes total, and is more of a “concept-room” in that the focus is less on writing scripts and more on figuring out conceptually how the movie could be adapted into an episodic series.”
We’re also hearing UCP are preparing a budget of aprox $1million per episode, so it is certainly likely to be lavish. It has no home in mind at the minute, so will likely – if it happens – be shopped around networks to home it.
Metropolis has real potential to be the next West World or Game of Thrones if done properly… we’ll keep you all posted.