Sam Esmail Is Developing A Metropolis TV Series

As of now, Universal isn't planning to launch the series for two or three years, which would allow Esmail to stick with Mr. Robot to its proposed end since the show is only meant to last four or five seasons.

Blending '70s paranoia thrillers with modern influences, Mr. Robot is easily the most prescient and relevant shows on TV today and Sam Esmail has made a name for himself as one of the sharpest and most insightful writers working.

With Westworld being all the rage among critics and general audiences, it should come as no surprise that Universal Cable Productions is reaching back into sci-fi history for its latest miniseries project.

Metropolis is a German, silent science fiction film that was released in 1927 - directed by Fritz Lang, who co-wrote the screenplay with his then wife, Thea von Harbou, who was the author of the original story. Esmail's exact role in the miniseries is still being negotiated.

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As you can expect, this is a long, long way away from our screens as Esmail is now devoting all of his time to the next season of Mr. Robot and, most likely, Metropolis won't see any movement until Mr. Robot finishes.

Universal Cable Productions is purportedly willing to spend $10 million on each episode. For Mr. Robot, Esmail is known to be very hands on in the process-even directing every single episode. So, realistically, it could be another three or four years before we see this. Wealthy industrialists rule from the upper reaches of their high rise towers, while impoverished workers operate the underground machinery that provides them 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, there was incredible acclaim for its special effects.

It's less clear where this Metropolis miniseries will end up. According to THR, Metropolis won't necessarily end up on a network like US or SyFy.

  • Stacy Houston