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Russian media company Gazprom Media has confirmed the movie is being produced again, with filming set to kick off next year and a premiere set for sometime in 2022.
The premiere is currently only set for Russia, but considering the books and video games have become a worldwide hit, a worldwide release is already being considered.
Producer Valery Fedorovich talked up the project, adding ‘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.’
Central Partnership director Vadim Vereshchagin talked up the significance of the Metro franchise to Russian culture: ‘Metro 2033 is a cult novel that has played a great role in the development of a whole generation. Regarding cinema production, this work is difficult to adapt for the screen but it will undoubtedly pay off as a major hit at the box office.’
Metro author and creator Dmitry Glukhovsky has signed off on the project (as he previously lambasted the now-cancelled, American-produced version of the film) and will also serve as creative producer.
Glukhovsky talked up the series, and the new movie:
Metro 2033 is my first novel. It played a very special role in my life, and, despite getting numerous offers to [adapt it for the screen], I turned them all down for over 10 years, 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.
The latest game adaptation for the series, Metro Exodus, is now available for Windows PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. In case you missed it, you can find our thorough review for the game here (we highly recommend it!).