MGM Gets More Sci-Fi with Adaptation of Russian Novel 'Metro 2033'
Since they bounced back from bankruptcy, MGM has slowly been getting back on track. Their long-shelved Cabin in the Woods received a proper release earlier this year, the same is about to happen with their Red Dawn remake, and after four years they're bringing Bond back in November with Skyfall. Now they're finally starting to reach out and start acquiring new properties again, and Heat Vision reports that the studio has purchased the rights to Metro 2033, a Russian sci-fi novel by Dmitri Glukhovsky that has F. Scott Frazier writing the script and Galaxy Quest producer Mark Johnson, well, producing Read on!
The book has become something of a phenomenon in Russia, published online in 2002 before it was turned into a proper series which now includes 20 books and a video game. The story takes place in 2033, years after a nuclear strike left the world practically uninhabitable. Mutants altered by radiation rule the wastelands, while what's left of humanity congregates in a shelter in Moscow, creating tiny factions based around different entrances to subway stations. When a new threat appears that could wipe all of the humans out, it's up to one man to reach the center of the Metro and warn everyone before it's too late.
In a cool bit of worldwide marketing, Glukhovsky is enlisting people from other countries to write their own Metro stories in order to form a more far-reaching narrative, something I'm sure MGM appreciates as they undoubtedly hope to turn this into a franchise. If you recall, the plan with Battle: Los Angeles was for that to be the first of a worldwide series of films (Battle: Buenos Aires, etc.), but it's tough to get all the pieces to fall in place for something like that, so we'll see if even this first Metro 2033 film ever hits the big screen.