Metro 2033 movie in the works

MGM picks up rights to Dmitry Glukhovsky's sci-fi novel with The Notebook and Rain Man producer Mark Johnson attached.

MGM is bringing Metro 2033 out of the tunnels and onto the silver screen, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The film will be based on Dmitry Glukhovsky's science fiction novel, which was the source material for 4A Games' THQ-published 2010 shooter of the same name.

Metro 2033 is coming to the big screen.

Newcomer F. Scott Frazier (Line of Sight) is penning the Metro 2033 script, with The Notebook, Rain Man, and Chronicles of Narnia producer Mark Johnson attached to produce with Gran Via Productions. A director for the film was not mentioned, nor was a potential cast list or release date.

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 toxic atmosphere.

A sequel to Metro 2033--Metro: Last Light--is currently in development at 4A Games, and is set to arrive for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii U, and PC in 2013.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and is a big UCONN athletics fan.

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88 comments
goshag44
goshag44

I've read the book and played both games and all of those were awesome, hopefully this movie wont be like Resident Evil or halo( did it even come out?).

Epicurus-Reborn
Epicurus-Reborn

Bah, if any director would do this justice it would have to be the 'Children of Men' director. Hell that movie is close enough already. 

Bamul
Bamul

It will suck. I am fairly sure of it. And it will ruin the name of both one of my favourite games of all time and my favourite novels (including the universe series). Unless they get a less-known director who lived in the East Bloc and will get the atmosphere right, then it could be something.

Hurvl
Hurvl

Based on producer Mark Johnson's previous work I think we can quite clearly state that it will be called Chronicles of Metro 2033: The Rain Man Notebook, because a man's earlier work always leaves footprints in his future work :P.

X-RS
X-RS

*FLASH*

(We need some text based neuralizer *sigh*)

syafiqjabar
syafiqjabar

At least MGM can start making movies again now.

Printul_Noptii
Printul_Noptii

If they write a good script and hire russian speaking actors this will be good but if they try to pull a cash grab and slap a watered down PG13 version, it will suck.

Hairygrim
Hairygrim

So long as it's based off the novel & not the game it should be fine. Films of books aren't usually terrible & tend to actually get finished.

kierwinyoung
kierwinyoung

hahaha, I have the feeling that this'll happen sooner or later.

diabolik_023
diabolik_023

i SO WANT this movie not to suck balz.... the METRO universe is so sweeeeet , i hope they do a GREAT job with the movie... but as history tells us, a small chance of a true success... but here is me hopping

BuBsay
BuBsay

Not only is the novel fantastic but the game is one of the most severely under-rated games of the past year (Yes it does deviate from the book significantly, but it's still a good story on its own two feet). I'm rather apprehensive about a film adaptation of either the novel or the game, as both have rather deep philosophical and psychological aspects to them.

 

So here's hoping they don't turn it into some abomination like the Resident Evil movies, and treat it more as a drama with a couple action scenes here and there.

kazumashadow
kazumashadow

This seems like a good but risky idea, the book was one of the best i ever read but was really deep so i think it will be kinda hard to pass that feeling to the movie.

Pete5506
Pete5506

Are we going to see the story that follows the book or the game? 

GreySif
GreySif

As long as Uwe Boll stays out of it i'll keep my hopes up.

weisguy119
weisguy119

Don't get your hopes up.  I'm 99.99% sure this movie will suck.

Ultra_Taco
Ultra_Taco

hopefully they have the Russians actually speak their own language, it would make the movie more real.

theslovakian38
theslovakian38

cant wait for this movie! i hope they dont screw up like the god awful max payne...

darkouer
darkouer

phugh... Hope they hire Russian actors instead of using English speakeing ones with silly "Russian accetns"...

braqoon
braqoon

Game is good, but if you have read the book then game is way off the main story line. Developer changed so much that game is totally different than the book. Read it and you will understand that book is much better.  I hope they will stick into book much much closer than the game.

thedarklinglord
thedarklinglord

Maybe I fail to understand the significance of what a producer does for a film, but...does anyone actually give a damn about who's producing a movie?  First and foremost, I want to know who's writing it, because without a quality script everything that follows will be pretty much pointless.  Then I want to know who's directing, who's vision is going to bring that script to life on screen.  Then the actors.  After that, maybe the person scoring the music.  But all the rest of the piddly crap is pretty irrelevant to me.  I mean, it's like saying, "We've got the Best Boy from [i]Prometheus[/i], the Key Grip from [i]Avatar[/i], and the guys who did the catering for [i]The Dark Knight[/i].  If that doesn't get you excited and instill confidence that this thing will be awesome...well, there's just no pleasing you!"

Spartan_418
Spartan_418

When I saw the headline and read "The Notebook" I momentarily panicked and thought Nicholas Sparks would be directing the Metro 2033 movie. Derp.

TrueGB
TrueGB

Good. They're focusing on the book. They have more luck basing movies on books than video games.

thom_maytees
thom_maytees

We will have to see whether the film adaption will do justice to the video game material.

Takeno456
Takeno456

This will be good only if they can capture that spirit and feel of Metro. I am not sure if Hollywood can do that without ruining it with pointless romance and explosions everywhere. Hope they can do this great game justice.

auntbessie
auntbessie

Not a movie to go to when you're feeling tired, absolute focus is required to make sense of the batshit storyline

2bitSmOkEy
2bitSmOkEy

Could be good.  Needs Danny Boyle behind the director's chair imo.

lexyz1992
lexyz1992

As long as we dont get a "John America" as the protagonist ill guess ill be happy.

Epicurus-Reborn
Epicurus-Reborn

And better yet, get Cormac McCarthy to do the screenplay! If only... oh darn it, i made my self sad just thinking about it. 

Fembot_Eulogy
Fembot_Eulogy

 @BuBsay Who knows.. maybe if the writer is any good he'll be able to capture those elements with alacrity :) Don't be too apprehensive, you might be pleasantly surprised.

syafiqjabar
syafiqjabar

 @GreySif This whole Uwe Boll thing is so old now. Few people even notice his game films anymore. Last year he made a sequel to his Dungeon Siege film but there wasn't much news about it and it was overshadowed by his spoof film Blubberella and the controversial AUschwitz, neither of which had any video game connection (although the former did share resources with his third Bloodrayne movie).

darkouer
darkouer

 @thedarklinglord It is my understanding that since producers are basically putting/managing budget, they can give the go ahead or cut stuff from movies, so obviously you don't want a producer with no taste for great stuff... just my 2 cents

ThePowerOfHAT
ThePowerOfHAT

 @Takeno456 Once again, not sure if people just aren't reading the article or what, but "the film will be based on Dmitry Glukhovsky's science fiction novel, which was the source material for 4A Games' THQ-published 2010 shooter of the same name".

 

This is a movie based on a novel, not a game.  I'm not saying the game wasn't a solid piece of entertainment, but the only reason this article is on this particular site in the first place is because there's a game based on the same novel.

Falzonn
Falzonn

 @leviathanwing  @Ultra_Taco I love reading subtitles (though no, I'm not American).  Having actual Russian actors use their actual language would feel much more atmospheric and immersive to me.  If its one thing Metro had, it was atmosphere.  Having pseudo English accents like in Enemy At the Gates would ruin it a bit for me.

braqoon
braqoon

 @Pete5506  I have read it in Polish, probably closer translation than English. No complains from my side.

Pete5506
Pete5506

 @therealgreek89  @braqoon It was pretty bad at places. It was almost like someone just copied the book into google translate and hit print.