According to The Hollywood Reporter, the adaption is in the very early stages and is being developed at Universal Cable Productions. While Esmail’s role is still being negotiated, the studio isn’t planning to launch the miniseries for another two to three years.
The “Metropolis” adaptation will follow the same premise as the film, taking place in a futuristic society where the city is divided between wealthy industrialists who rule from high-rise complexes and the lower class who tirelessly work to keep everything running. The story will follow two lovers from different social classes who unite to bring the system down.
Insiders tell THR that the miniseries will have about two or three writers and is more of a “concept-room” in that they will “focus less on writing scripts and more on figuring out conceptually how the movie could be adapted into an episodic series.” The studio is even prepared to spend $10 million per episode.
“Metropolis” will be executive produced by Esmail and his manager, Anonymous Content’s Chad Hamilton. It will be shopped cable and other streaming outlets.
The German sci-fi classic was one of the most expensive movies for its time and was praised for its groundbreaking special effects.