It was only yesterday evening a friend and I were talking about the ridiculous number of films being turned into TV shows, and this morning I wake up to news of another one. With possibly one eye on the success of Westworld, Mr. Robot creator Sam Esmail intends to adapt Fritz Lang’s seminal sc-fi classic from 1927 Metropolis, which has already had an anime semi-remake in 2001, for the small screen. The film, set in a futuristic city sharply divided between the working class and the city planners where the son of the city’s mastermind falls in love with a working class prophet who predicts the coming of a saviour to mediate their differences, remains an extraordinary watch, with even its special effects looking highly impressive [in fact what they achieved in that film without any CGI seems unbelievable today], but it’s also a highly sprawling work and certain subplots aren’t given quite enough space to totally work, while there’s still footage missing from the last restoration, so a longer TV version could be welcome. After all, the film’s themes, such as the divide between rich and poor, are still very timely.
The Hollywood Reporter tells us that the show could be a long way off – Mr. Robot is intended to last five seasons – and probably won’t launch for another three years. Universal Cable Productions will make the series, and is apparently prepared to spend around $10 million per episode.
Count me as very interested in this one…..