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In a surprising turn of events, Apple TV+ has made the difficult decision to permanently shut down production for its highly anticipated “Metropolis” adaptation. Insiders have revealed that soaring costs and the persistent writers’ strike have ultimately forced the tech giant to abandon the project altogether.
After successfully securing the rights for a series adaptation of the beloved “Metropolis” in 2022, Apple TV+ was eager to bring the futuristic tale to life. Production was slated to commence in Australia in the near future, but the ongoing writers’ strike has had a profound impact on the entire endeavor, compelling Apple to make the tough call.
Deadline reports that the crew working on “Metropolis” has been informed of the unfortunate news that production has come to a permanent halt. Economic challenges and the unyielding writers’ strike have been cited as the primary factors behind this regrettable decision.
Almost immediately after the writers’ strike began on May 2, delays started plaguing the show’s development. Key elements such as production drafts of the script, budgeting, and casting were left unfinished and abruptly suspended due to unfavorable circumstances.
The repercussions of delaying production are far-reaching and often encompass unexpected costs. Filming was slated to commence within weeks, with substantial sets already assembled and intricate visual effects (VFX) already in the works. Consequently, the longer the project was put on hold, the more costs would pile up to maintain the project’s “ready” status.
UCP, the production studio behind “Metropolis,” carefully evaluated the mounting risks and escalating costs associated with further waiting. Ultimately, they reached the sobering conclusion that the project had become untenable. Consequently, UCP promptly communicated to Apple TV+ that production on “Metropolis” would be terminated permanently.
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Renowned show creator Sam Esmail, best known for his groundbreaking work on “Mr. Robot,” has been tirelessly endeavoring to bring “Metropolis” to fruition for years. The highly anticipated eight-episode series had the potential to generate nearly 4,000 employment opportunities and inject millions of dollars into the local Australian economy.
However, the ongoing writers’ strike has posed significant challenges for several Apple TV+ shows currently in production. “Loot” season 2 and the upcoming installment of “Severance” have also been caught in the crosshairs, experiencing significant delays due to the labor dispute.