Russia’s Gazprom Media is to make a feature film based on Dmitry Glukhovsky’s post-apocalyptic novel Metro 2033.
Filming is due to start next year ahead of the movie’s Russian premiere on January 1, 2022.
Producer Valery Fedorovich told Variety: “For us and Gazprom Media Holding, this is a dream project, the most ambitious and large-scale film that we have ever launched. We intend to invest an unprecedented sum… in the production and promotion of this movie both in Russia and abroad.”
Glukhovsky said he had previously turned down “numerous offers” to make a film based on his first book, which has been translated into 40 languages and sold over five million copies.
“But now I finally met a team that I can entrust ‘Metro’ with,” he said. “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.”
The first entry in the Metro game franchise, 2010’s Metro 2033, was based on Glukhovsky’s book of the same name. The author also contributed to 2013 sequel Metro: Last Light and the most recent release, February 2019’s Metro Exodus.
Glukhovsky recently revealed plans are in place for a new entry in 4A Games’ FPS series. “The Metro gaming series will be continued. Working on the story,” he said.