‘Metropolis’: Apple TV+ Orders Sci-Fi Drama From ‘Mr. Robot’ Creator

    Mr. Robot creator and director Sam Esmail is headed to Apple TV+ with a series order for the new drama Metropolis.

    Though plot details of the series have yet to be revealed, the original 1927 Fritz Lang-directed sci-fi film of the same name by which it is inspired took place in a highly stylized futuristic city. A beautiful and cultured utopia was above a bleak underworld of mistreated workers, and a privileged youth in the former discovered the truth about the latter.

    Esmail, who previously worked as an executive producer on the series Briarpatch and Homecoming, will work triple duty as the show’s sole writer, director, and showrunner. Chad Hamilton will executive produce alongside Esmail for UCP, a division of Universal Studio Group. Casting announcements have yet to be made.

    Esmail also serves as an executive producer on several upcoming series, including Peacock’s Angelyne, starring his wife Emmy Rossum, Starz’s Julia Roberts-led political thriller Gaslit, and the new Battlestar Galactica reboot at Peacock.

    Metropolis is the latest announced title joining the streamer’s ever-growing lineup of original content. In addition to the recent premiere of Ben Stiller’s workplace thriller Severance, other upcoming titles include the comedy series Mrs. American Pie starring Kristen Wiig, the limited series Presumed Innocent, based on the book of the same name, an adaptation of the novel Dear Edward by Ann Napolitano, and the thriller The New Look from executive producer, writer, and director Todd A. Kessler.

    Stay tuned to TV Insider as more Metropolis announcements are made!

    Metropolis, TBA, Apple TV+

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