Metro 2033 Film In Production
Video game movies are getting a lot of traction these days– with the incoming Assassin’s Creed film hitting theaters this fall, the huge WarCraft film coming this summer and plans to produce films for a dozen other games including Thief, Deus Ex, Five Nights at Freddy’s, Tomb Raider‘s reboot and more, it looks like we might be getting a kind of game-to-movie renaissance the likes of which comic book films have been enjoying recently. It looks like another is getting added to list, sort of.
It looks like another is getting added to list, sort of.
Metro, the claustrophobic and creepy first-person horror series set in post-apocalyptic Russian subways, is getting a feature film. Although the film has nothing to do with the video games. Now, don’t fret- it’s not the Far Cry/Super Mario Bros. kind of nothing, it is in fact based on the novel Metro 2033, the inspiration for the video games, written by Dmitry Glukhovsky. The books do have a lot in common with the games, the star is still Artyom, and much of the same events occur, but don’t expect the film to take inspiration from the game’s specific look and style. Apparently Glukhovsky has been approached a number of times to get the novel turned into a film, and has been very protective until now, saying about the film’s producers Michael De Luca and Stephen L’Heureux, “[They] have a great vision for this project, and I feel it’s an honor to work with them” and that he feels the film rights have now “landed in the right hands”.
The best part is that the producers have been involved with actual movies, not the usual cavalcade of other video game movies. Micheal DeLuca has worked as a producer on some pretty high-profile films, including MoneyBall, Captain Phillips, and The Mask (SMOKIN’!!!). Okay, he worked on Fifty Shades of Grey and Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance too, but not everything can be a winner– and Fifty Shades was hugely successful regardless of how you feel about the film. Stephen L’Hereux has a smaller list, but does include Sin City: A Dame To Kill For.
So, not really a video game movie, I guess. But Metro 2033 is a video game, and it is also going to be a movie, so hey– we’re excited never the less. We’ll keep you posted as more info becomes available, but I doubt we’ll hear anything more for a while.