In Soviet Russia, Energy Company Entertains You

It’s no crazier than General Electric running NBC!  Russia’s premier utility company, Gazprom, has several media subsidiaries.  These include TNT-Premier Studios Company, TV-3 Channel and Central Partnership Film Company

Now they are teaming up to produce a new film adaptation of Dmitry Glukhovsky’s acclaimed sci-fi novel Metro 2033.

It is set in 2033 after a nuclear holocaust devastates Moscow and survivors head underground into the city’s Metro complex.

One survivor is forced to go on a journey that will see him deal with mutants, soldiers of a Fourth Reich and political factions of various metro stations in order to reach aboveground.

A Vast Universe

The property has previously been adapted into three successful video games still played all around the world. The original book trilogy has spawned over 100 tie-in novels.  So it’s a big property with plenty of potential.

Glukhovsky says:

“Despite getting numerous offers to [adapt it for the screen], I turned them all down for over 10 years. In Russia, I didn’t see any producers who could make a good [screen adaptation of] this book. It just seemed impossible. But now I finally met a team that I can entrust ‘Metro’ with.

Our ambitions turned out to be similar: to create a world-class blockbuster and stun even those who have read the trilogy and know it by heart. So as not to disappoint them, I am ready to become a creative producer of the movie and help create it with both my advice and action.”

Filming is due to start next year and the movie will debut in Russia on January 1st, 2022.

Director and cast have yet to be announced and exclusive rights to the film will reside with Gazprom Media, who is apparently planning the largest-scale advertising campaign ever carried out in Russia.

It is only six months since Glukhovsky got the rights back to the property from MGM which had been trying to develop a film adaptation since at least 2012.

Glukhovsky was very vocal about his concerns that the studio had planned to ‘Americanize’ the story when Russian culture and history is central to his book.