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‘Metropolis’ remake scrapped before filming

‘Metropolis’ remake scrapped before filming

‘Metropolis’ remake scrapped before filming
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“Mr. Robot,” creator Sam Esmail’s big-budget television series adaptation of Fritz Lang’s classic 1927 sci-fi film “Metropolis,” is dead according to Deadline.

The eight-episode Apple TV+ series was preparing to begin filming shortly in Melbourne, Australia, with “The Tender Bar” star Briana Middleton playing the lead role and Lindy Booth in a supporting role. This involved using one of the largest volumes of permanent LEDs in the world.

It is now definitively stopped, the crew having just been informed of the end of the project. The scrapping makes it one of the most high-profile casualties of the growing uncertainty in Hollywood right now with the ongoing writers’ strike, potential actors’ strike, and economic downturn.

A representative for production company Universal Content Productions (UCP) told the trade: “The push costs and uncertainty of the ongoing strike led to this difficult decision.”

The project was already in stasis as scripts for the series were not completed before the writer’s strike began. The PCU has had to deal with increasing costs and delays without a clear timetable, choosing to lose what it has spent so far rather than continue.

The original film was set in a futuristic urban dystopia where the city’s wealthy elite enjoyed a lavish life of comfort and ease in penthouses and pleasure gardens while dozens of laborers worked on dangerous machinery. in the bowels of the city to make everything work.

Freder Fredersen, the son of the most powerful man in Metropolis, wakes up after meeting a young female worker and seeing a number of workers die in a work accident.

Middleton was to star as Finnie Polito in the new take, which Esmail was to write, direct and show.

Source: Deadline

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