Russian post-apocalyptic phenomenon Metro 2033 could become a movie at last

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Dmitry Glukhovsky's novel Metro 2033 has become a hit video game and spawned a 20-book series, with offshoots coming in other countries. And now, at last, it's going to be a Hollywood movie as well.

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Heat Vision is reporting that Mark Johnson, a producer who gave us the Narnia movies and Galaxy Quest, is making the film with MGM. (Who are apparently bouncing back from that whole "bankruptcy" thing.) Writing the script is F. Scott Grazier, who's also written a science fiction movie called Day One that's been picked up by Universal.

In Metro 2033, a nuclear holocaust has devastated Moscow, and the survivors are living underground. One young survivor is forced to go on an epic journey, that forces him to deal with mutants (of course), members of the Fourth Reich (because why not?), and different political factions of different Metro stations, before he can reach the surface. All of the art we've seen from the video game looks utterly gorgeous, and you can see how this would make a fun, I Am Legend-style post-apocalyptic action movie. [Heat Vision]

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elimgarak1
ElimGarak

That's cool - as long as the movie is not as racist as the game. Or not as racist sounding. I tried playing the first game in Russian but I just couldn't - they kept talking about the blacks coming to get them.

Note that "black guy" doesn't mean the same thing in Russian - there are no racial overtones there. You wouldn't call somebody who is black a "black person" in Russian. However, to my Americanized ear it sounded very strange and weird. Because the blacks ("dark ones" in the English translation I think) were coming to get them through the walls and everything. Next they would start yelling about "white power" and calling themselves the "white army" (which was the actual name of the army of the Tsarist loyalists during the revolution in 1917 - the ones that were against communists [or bolshevicks at the time]).