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PICCOLO GRANDE SCHERMO - Più che Mr. Robot, Mr. Reboot! Sam Esmail porterà sul grande schermo il culto di "Metropolis" di Fritz Lang

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Mr. Robot creator Sam Esmail is bringing his high-tech hijinks to a classic sci-fi property with a TV miniseries adaptation of the iconic 1927 film Metropolis. THR reports that the writer-director is in early development on the TV retelling of Fritz Lang‘s revered film, which centered on a pair of star-crossed lovers in a classist futuristic society.
Esmail is prepping the series with Universal Cable Productions (where he has an overall deal), where he will Executive Produce alongside Anonymous Content’s Chad Hamilton. Esmail’s exact role in the miniseries is still being negotiated. Should Esmail want to keep his attention focused on Mr. Robot (he single-handedly wrote and directed every episode of the critical darling’s second season), he’ll have the time. The report states that UCP’s current plan is to launch the Metropolis miniseries in two to three years, which would give him time to conclude Mr. Robot‘s planned four to five season run. 
Despite its current status as one of the most celebrated silent films of all time,Lang’s Metropolis was critically panned when it first arrived in theaters. At the time of release, the German film was one of the most expensive movies ever made thanks to its epic scope and groundbreaking visual effects. That precedent certainly conjures up all kinds of exciting possibilities for Esmail’s take on the material considering how far visual effects have come in the near-100 years since the film’s release, and I’m excited to see how much Esmail will harken back to Lang’s visionary aesthetic and how he will integrate it into a new vision of a futuristic society. Whatever he envisions, he’ll have the budget, as UCP is reportedly willing to throw down $10 million an episode.
Whatever he envisions, he’ll have the budget, as UCP is reportedly willing to throw down $10 million an episode. While the studio usually prioritizes NBCUniversal owned networks (of which Mr. Robot’s home network USA is one), but Metropolis comes with no in-house mandate and will likely be shopped around to other cable and streaming networks. Wherever it lands, it’s exciting that Esmail and his team are getting the time and budget to truly craft the series into something special.
As for the story, the plan is to keep it the same. Per THR’s report,
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.
However, the main story focus right now is figuring out how to adapt the film into an episodic format. The writer’s room will reportedly be very small, with only two or three scribes in the mix who currently more focused on cracking the concept than breaking scripts.
Esmail is currently in production on Mr. Robot Season 3, which is slated to return to USA in 2017.

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