MGM to Adapt Dmitry Glukhovsky’s Sci-Fi Novel (& Video Game) ‘Metro 2033′

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Metro 2033 Movie MGM to Adapt Dmitry Glukhovskys Sci Fi Novel (& Video Game) Metro 2033

MGM has picked up the screen rights to Metro 2033, a sci-fi novel by Russian author and journalist, Dmitry Glukhovsky. The book is set up against a post-atomic war backdrop in the year 2033 and tells the story of a young man named Artyom.

After the devastation of the nuclear Holocaust, remaining survivors must retreat underground. In an effort to help save them, Artyom embarks on a difficult journey above ground while battling mutants, soldiers and a variety of other hardships. Very politically lined, the book examines communism in the former Soviet Union, the rise of fascism and the struggle of Russian survivors to overcome such brutal circumstances.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Mark Johnson is set to produce the film, known for his producing credits on The Chronicles of Narnia movies and space-parody Galaxy Guest, starring Tim Allen and Sigourney Weaver. Big-screen writer newcomer, F. Scott Frazier will pen the script.

While you may not have heard of Frazier yet but based off his packed upcoming slate, that will likely change. Frazier wrote the screenplay for Furst Films and Matador Pictures, The Numbers Station, starring Malin Akerman and John Cusack (loosely slated for a 2012 release), as well as Warner Bros’ Line of Sight, an action film being produced by Joel Silver and Andrew Rona. That project is being eyed by director Mike “Mouse” McCoy, one part of the duo that makes up the Bandito Brothers (Act of Valor). Universal’s Day One will also be listed under Frazier’s screenwriting credits, another sci-fi project set to be produced by Chris Morgan.

Glukhovsky first published Metro 2033 on his own website for free in 2002 and it was then published as a novel in Russia in 2005. The book was a best-seller and translated into 35 languages.

Metro 2033 Game MGM to Adapt Dmitry Glukhovskys Sci Fi Novel (& Video Game) Metro 2033

In 2010 it was translated into English and adapted into a video game made by 4A Games – released for the Xbox 360 and PC. The Metro 2033 action first-person shooter won critical acclaim for its reliance on survival elements and a rich story. A sequel to the game, Metro: Last Light, is planned for 2013.

Further details on the Metro 2033 film are yet to be released and we’ll be sure to keep you posted as the story develops.

For more on Metro 2033 the game as well as the upcoming sequel Metro: Last Light check out our coverage at Game Rant.

Source: Hollywood Reporter

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  1. The novel was just okay, but the game was really great. If done right this movie could be fantastic. But that is a very big “If”, considering Hollywood’s game adaptation track record.

    • You serious? It was an outstanding book which was well above the average.

  2. I wonder if the movie will still be set in Russia or if they will movie it to the USA? Instead of examining communism and the rise of fascism in Russia. It could examine capitalism and the rise of fascism in the USA. That’s pretty much the road we’re on right now anyway.

    • typos*The novel and so the game really has wonderful story.*
      *The metro system under destroyed Russia*

    • As someone who has been to Moscow it would be awesome to have it set there. Especially at Red Square and the Kremlin.

  3. Well the book would be the logical place to find the most characterization. It’s kind of interesting that games like Wasteland, set for a sequel release soon, or Fallout haven’t garnered more interest. I suppose that because no one has contracted to have a novelization or a comic series written for either property and proven cross economic viability that they haven’t gotten more Hollywood attention. As far as I can tell, this has somewhat changed with Fallout 3 having a comic company in the game and what seems to be a limited comic about the world of the game. Not that the fans of both games mind, seeing the results of past adaptations, looking at you ‘Resident Evil’…

    • Curious could it have more to do with who owns the rights of the respective properties? I’m sure mgm dealing with a writer is pretty straightforward but might not be the same with game companies whom may be overprotective (and for good reason) on their videogame properties. Idk, just a thought. Thinking turning succesful games into movies if not from lack of trying by hollywood.

  4. This would be so perfect for Clive Barker to direct

  5. Galaxy Guest? Lol

    • Doesn’t exactly give any confidence, eh? xD