Dmitry Glukhovsky's Metro 2033 is the kind of success story we all aspire to. Glukohvsky's sci-fi novel, about the survivors of a nuclear holocaust in Russia, was originally published online and eventually became a best-seller in print, spawning a successful video game and now, as announced by Hollywood Reporter, a feature film. Presumably a hit single and an indispensable muffin recipe aren't far behind.
MGM has acquired the rights to Metro 2033, which will be produced by Mark Johnson, best known for the recent Chronicles of Narnia film franchise, but also one of the men behind "Breaking Bad," Galaxy Quest, Donnie Brasco, Bugsy, Young Sherlock Holmes and Rain Man, for which he accepted the Academy Award for Best Picture in 1989. So the sci-fi film might be in very good hands. (He also produced Jimmy Hollywood and Toys, but pobody's nerfect.)
The adaptation will be penned by F. Scott Frazier, who wrote the upcoming action thriller The Numbers Station, starring John Cusack and Malin Akerman, and the first-person war movie Line of Sight, which is now being offered to Act of Valor co-director Mike "Mouse" McCoy. He previously worked on video games like Hot Wheels: Stunt Track Challenge and The Fairly Oddparents: Breakin Da Rules, albeit in the quality assurance department.
Metro 2033 pits its hero, Artyom, against mutants and the Fourth Reich in the post-apocalyptic wastelands of Russia. The video game was particularly notably for its semi-realistic use of irradiated terrain, which could only be explored for certain lengths of time before negatively affecting gameplay.
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