Metro 2033 Film Project Cancelled Due to the Problems with American Setting

In case you don’t know, a film adaption of Metro 2033 has been in plans from a very long time but updates regarding it have remained dry since the announcement. Metro 2033 film project was announced back in 2012 when MGM acquired the rights to the novel. After all these years, it’s now confirmed that the project has been canceled and the rights of Metro 2033 have been transferred back to Dmitry Glukhovsky.

Metro 2033 is not just a game. Originally the story comes from a very famous novel called Metro 2033 which is written by Dmitry Glukhovsky. This Metro 2033 film was said to follow the main novel with scriptwriter F. Scott Frazier on board.

Though the things didn’t turn out well as the film had to change the settings to the Washington D.C. which was a huge problem for even a writer like F. Scott Frazier. They even had to change the Dark Ones in Metro 2033 film.

The project with MGM optioning this book and developing a script had brought us to nothing and the rights reverted to me,” Glukhovsky explained. “So currently we are speaking with a new set of producers about a possible adaptation but this is a very long and difficult process. I’m still optimistic. We’ll see if the release of Metro Exodus can push the IP across a little bit the oceans and see how that works.

The original novel is based in Russia so changing the settings to the Washington DC wasn’t a very good move, Glukhovsky explained.

A lot of things didn’t work out in Washington DC,” Glukhovsky said. “In Washington DC, Nazis don’t work, Communists don’t work at all, and the Dark Ones don’t work. Washington DC is a black city basically. That’s not at all the allusion I want to have, it’s a metaphor of general xenophobia but it’s not a comment on African Americans at all. So it didn’t work.

They had to replace the Dark Ones with some kind of random beasts and as long as the beasts don’t look human, the entire story of xenophobia doesn’t work which was very important to me as a convinced internationalist. They turned it into a very generic thing.

They’re kind of afraid of setting it in Moscow because Americans have a reputation for liking stories about America. Again, with Metro Last Light and Metro 2033 – the books and the games – selling millions and millions of copies worldwide, it’s probably not as improbable now that people would accept a story happening in Moscow because that’s going to be the unique selling point. We’ve seen the American version of apocalypse a lot of times and the audience that like the genre are educated and saturated and not really wishing to get anymore of that.

As for now, Dmitry Glukhovsky totally believes that the Russian setting of the novel is the main selling point.

Personally, I believe that too as it’s one of the best story games we have ever played. With such intense storyline in Metro 2033 games and the Dark Ones, I can’t imagine watching the film in other than the Russian setting.

Looks like we are not going to get a Metro 2033 film for a long time now. Though Glukhovsky mentions that he’s now looking to work with new producers to work on the film. “We’ll see if the release of ‘Metro Exodus’ can push the IP across a little bit the oceans and see how that works,” Glukhovsky says.

Until then, we have Metro Exodus to play which is going to arrive on February 22, 2019. Metro Exodus is already available for pre-load on Xbox One along with the expansion pass.

The developers also say that Metro Exodus looks the best on the PS4 Pro. As for Switch users, developers have no plans for a Switch version as they busy with other platforms.


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