“Mr. Robot” creator Sam Esmail seems to have something against vacations. In addition to developing a “Metropolis” miniseries, Deadline reports that Esmail is also planning to tackle a TV adaptation of the popular Gimlet Media podcast “Homecoming.”
“Homecoming,” which debuted November 16, is presented as a collage of telephone calls, therapy sessions, and overheard conversations. The podcast features Catherine Keener, David Schwimmer and Oscar Isaac and tells the story of a caseworker at a secret government facility, her ambitious supervisor, and a soldier who are desperate to rejoin civilian life. UCP, where Esmail has a first-look deal, and “Mr. Robot” producer Anonymous Content secured the rights.
The small-screen adaptation will be produced by Esmail and his manager, Chad Hamilton of Anonymous Content, as well as with the creators of the podcast, Eli Horowitz and Micah Bloomberg, and Alicia Van Couvering, Alex Blumberg, Matt Lieber, and Chris Giliberti of Gimlet Media.
Esmail, who is very hands-on with “Mr. Robot,” is expected to have less involvement in the “Homecoming” TV series, though he might direct the pilot.