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Apple TV mega series Metropolis will be filmed in Australia

Metropolis, the Apple TV+ epic series inspired by Fritz Lang’s classic silent sci-fi film, is set to be produced in Australia. A new “virtual production structure” that is among the largest in the world is expected to be used extensively.

“Mr. Robot” creator Sam Esmail is the writer, director and showrunner on the eight-part project. It is produced by NBCUniversal’s Universal Studio Group.

The story takes place in the futuristic city of Metropolis. While the city’s wealthy elite enjoys a lavish life of comfort and convenience in penthouses and pleasure gardens, dozens of laborers work on dangerous machines in the bowels of the city to keep everything running. Freder Fredersen, the son of the most powerful man in Metropolis, has an awakening after meeting a young worker named Maria and seeing several workers die in an accident at work.

The project was approved to receive grants from the Victorian Screen Incentive administered by VicScreen, the state of Victoria’s screen industry support organization. It will likely be eligible for government production incentives administered by Screen Australia.

The Victorian State Government is providing additional support to “Metropolis” by supporting the construction of a state-of-the-art virtual production infrastructure, including one of the largest permanent “LED Volumes” – high-tech digital screens displaying background environments and visual effects set.

Such virtual production techniques have been used in the Star Wars spin-off series The Mandalorian, and infrastructure is being built in production centers around the world. After being used by Metropolis, the Victoria LED screen will remain for use by other international productions as well as local films and series.

VicScreen said Metropolis is the first in a pipeline of projects from NBCU which are expected to bring A$416 million ($xxx million) directly into the Victorian economy over a number of years.

Metropolis alone is expected to create 3,980 local jobs, including 500 Victoria cast and crew and over 2,400 extras. Approximately 600 businesses and service providers in Victoria will benefit from local manufacturing.?

“This latest project pipeline, along with investments in infrastructure and training, will position Australia for a decade of high-end work in virtual production-focused film and television shows,” said Matt Vitins, Matchbox Pictures’ chief operating officer, who will provide production services for the project lead.

Caroline Pitcher, CEO of VicScreen, said: “‘Metropolis’ will be one of the most technically ambitious screen productions in the world and the state-of-the-art infrastructure being built right here, together with our superb crew and superb locations, truly places Melbourne among the great film production cities of the world World.”

The NBCU series “La Brea” and “Clickbait” were filmed in Victoria. The sci-fi drama Foe, directed by Garth Davis and starring Saoirse Ronan and Paul Mescal, recently concluded. Local director Michael Gracey is preparing to film Robbie Williams’ biopic Better Man in the state.

https://variety.com/2022/tv/news/metropolis-series-apple-australia-1235232534/ Apple TV mega series Metropolis will be filmed in Australia

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