Apple TV+ announces Sam Esmail’s new series ‘Metropolis’, adaptation of Fritz Lang’s sci-fi film

Apple TV+ announced a series order for Metropolis, the latest project from award-winning creator, producer and director Sam Esmail (Homecoming, Gaslit), and produced by UCP. Metropolis is a new drama inspired by the seminal Fritz Lang science fiction work of the same name.

Lang’s science-fiction film was set in a futuristic urban dystopia sharply divided between the working class and the city planners, the son of the city’s mastermind falls in love with a working-class prophet who predicts the coming of a savior to mediate their differences.

The series will be written and directed in its entirety by Esmail (creator of Mr. Robot), who also serves as showrunner. It will be executive produced by Esmail via his overall deal with UCP, and Chad Hamilton. UCP, a division of Universal Studio Group, serves as the studio.

The new drama will join the expanding lineup of Apple Originals from today’s most creative storytellers including the acclaimed and recently premiered workplace thriller Severance from director and executive producer Ben Stiller, as well as newly announced series Mrs. American Pie, a new comedy from creator Abe Sylvia and starring Kristen Wiig. 

The Apple TV+ lineup also includes Presumed Innocent, a new limited series based on the acclaimed book of the same name that will be reimagined for the screen by master storyteller David E. Kelley; Dear Edward, a new drama based on the novel by Ann Napolitano that will be written, show run and executive produced by Jason Katims; The New Look, an upcoming thriller written, executive produced and directed by Todd A. Kessler, and more.