Sam Esmail’s ‘Metropolis’ TV Show Set Up Massive Australian Production

The Apple TV+ series, based on Fritz Lang’s legendary silent film, will be the biggest TV production ever shot in Australia.

METROPOLIS, 1927

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After winning Best Picture for “CODA” and hit TV drama “Severance,” Apple TV+ is gearing up for its most ambitious project yet: an epic eight-part “Metropolis” TV adaptation of “Mr. . Robot” creator Sam Esmail.

Fritz Lang’s original “Metropolis” is one of the most influential films in cinematic history. The silent film, which tells the story of a futuristic dystopia with a massive class divide, was one of the first sci-fi feature films ever made, as well as a quintessential example of the German expressionist movement.

Any remake of the film will inevitably come under scrutiny, as many moviegoers will find it hard to imagine a remake that tops the original. But it looks like Esmail and Apple are up to the task, as they’re currently planning a massive production in Australia (via Variety) that’s set to use “virtual production,” the cutting-edge cinematic technology currently being deployed by shows like ” The Mandalorian.

The government of the State of Victoria in Australia is building a new state-of-the-art sound stage for the series, which will feature one of the largest LED volumes in the world, a massive digital screen that can display backgrounds and special effects. Rather than filming in front of a green screen and adding effects later, this allows productions to create virtual sets while allowing actors to interact with them on set. The technology represents something of a middle ground between CGI technology and practical effects, and could possibly represent the gold standard for making blockbuster movies in the future.

The virtual production studio, which is being built by Victoria’s film organization VicScreen, will be designed specifically for “Metropolis” but will remain in place for future productions to use afterward.

VicScreen CEO Caroline Pitcher said: “‘Metropolis’ is poised to be one of the most technically ambitious screen productions in the world, and the state-of-the-art infrastructure being built here, along with our exceptional team and venues, truly places Melbourne among the world’s great film production cities.

While plot details for the “Metropolis” series are being kept under wraps, Esmail is set to write and direct all eight episodes himself. No release date has been announced.

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