The Metro 2033 movie, which has been in the works since 2012, is still in the pipeline and is now moving forward. Variety reports that veteran Hollywood producer Michael De Luca, whose credits include 50 Shades of Grey and Moneyball, has joined the project. He’s teaming up with Stephen L’Heureux (Sin City: A Dame to Kill For) and Metro author Dmitry Glukhovsky to make a movie based on the science-fiction novel and game series.
“My novel and I have been waiting for this to happen for the last 10 years,” Glukhovsky said in a statement. “I have previously been extremely careful about handing my ‘baby’ over to Hollywood producers for adaption for a feature film, but now I feel that it has landed in the right hands.”
In Metro 2033 the game, players spend much of their time in underground subway tunnels travelling from station to station, climbing to the surface on occasion to explore the irradiated atmosphere above. The film would likely take a similar route, though there are no concrete details at this stage.
The Variety report doesn’t mention any writers for the Metro movie. In 2012, it was reported that Newcomer F. Scott Frazier, who is working on 2017’s xXx: The Return of Xander Cage, was penning the script, though it’s unclear if this is still the case. At the time, it was also stated that The Notebook, Rain Man, and Chronicles of Narnia producer Mark Johnson was attached to produce with Gran Via Productions for MGM Pictures, though again, it isn’t exactly clear if these arrangements are still in place.
A director for the Metro film has not been mentioned, nor were any casting or release date details.
Metro 2033 was released in 2010, with its follow-up Last Light coming in 2013. Remastered versions of both games were released in 2015, though no new entries in the series have been announced.
Publisher Deep Silver spent $5.8 million to acquire the rights to the Metro franchise as part of THQ’s bankruptcy auction, outdoing Ubisoft, which bid $5.2 million.