Apple TV+ has announced a series order for the new drama “Metropolis” which is inspired by the science fiction work by the same name of renowned Friedrich Christian Anton “Fritz” Lang, an Austrian-German-American film director, screenwriter, and film producer and actor.
Called the “Master of Darkness” by the British Film Institute, Fritz Lang co-wrote “Metropolis” with his wife (Thea von Harbou) and directed the German expressionist science-fiction drama film in 1927, which is an adaptation of her 1925 novel of the same name.
Apple TV+ new “Metropolis” series by creator and director Sam Esmail will be set in an urban dystopia
The upcoming series will be written and directed by award-winning creator, producer, and director Sam Esmail, known for his work in “Mr. Robot”, “Homecoming”, and “Gaslit”. Esmail will also serve as the showrunner and executive produce of the new series which will be produced by CP, a division of Universal Studio Group.
Fritz Lang’s dystopian film “Metropolis” was set in a futuristic city that was divided between the working class and city planners and told the unlikely love story of the son of the city’s mastermind and a working-class prophet who is waiting for a savior to mitigate their social differences. The movie is described as following on Wikipedia:
Made in Germany during the Weimar period, Metropolis is set in a futuristic urban dystopia and follows the attempts of Freder, the wealthy son of the city master, and Maria, a saintly figure to the workers, to overcome the vast gulf separating the classes in their city and bring the workers together with Joh Fredersen, the city master. The film’s message is encompassed in the final inter-title: “The Mediator Between the Head and the Hands Must Be the Heart”.
Recently, Apple TV+ has also ordered new historic series on Benjamin Franklin‘s political career starring Micheal Douglas; a dark comedy series “Sunny” starring Emmy Award nominee Rashida Jones; “The New Look” depicting the rise of renowned fashion designer Christian Dior to take over the Paris fashion world from Coco Chanel; “Mrs. American Pie,” a comedy series by Abe Sylvia and directed by Tate Taylor and “Omnivore” docuseries by renowned filmmaker Cary Joji Fukunaga and chef René Redzepi.