Mr. Robot creator Sam Esmail will bring his long-awaited adaptation of Fritz Lang's 1927 science fiction classic Metropolis to Apple TV Plus, as reported by Deadline (opens in new tab).
The project, which has been in development since 2016 (opens in new tab), was originally conceived as part of a huge content deal (opens in new tab) between Esmail Corp. and Universal Content Productions.
Much like the last few seasons of the award-winning Mr. Robot, and with his Amazon series Homecoming, Esmail will write and direct the entirety of Metropolis, while also acting as its showrunner and taking on executive producer duties.
What is Fritz Lang's Metropolis?
A ground-breaking motion picture from the silent film era, Fritz Lang's Metropolis is considered to be the first feature-length science fiction movie.
Though critics weren't very kind to it at the time of its 1927 release (even War of the Worlds author H.G. Wells panned it (opens in new tab)), Metropolis has since gone on to become one of the most praised works in the history of cinema, currently ranked in 36th place on the British Film Institute (opens in new tab)'s Sight & Sound critics poll.
Clearly a film ahead of its time, Metropolis explored the inner workings of a futuristic megacity, positing a society built on the exploitation of a working underclass that toils below ground to keep the city's Utopian façade going.
Based on the novel of the same name by Thea von Harbou, who also wrote the screenplay, Lang's film follows Freder (Gustav Fröhlich), the wealthy son of the city master, and activist Maria (Brigitte Helm) as they attempt to bridge the divide between the city's classes.
With his work on Mr. Robot, Esmail has already proven himself adept at crafting stories about class-inequality in modern society, so we can't to see what a futuristic version of that looks like.
While it's too early to say when the new TV version will land on Apple TV Plus, the fact that it's already received a series order suggests that work will begin on it very soon.