Rob Thomas to adapt UK's 'Metropolis'

A “90210” alum will adapt a 2000 U.K. miniseries.

Rob Thomas and Kristen Bell

Rob Thomas (“Veronica Mars”) will write the script for “Metropolis” and executive produce.

The project is about a group of friends struggling with the realities of their adult lives compared to expectations while they were in college.

The Granada TV version starred James Purefoy, Louise Lombard, Matthew Rhys, Flora Montgomery and Kris Marshall. Peter Morgan created the original, which had eight parts.

Purefoy went on to portray Mark Antony in HBO’s “Rome,” and also appeared in “A Knight’s Tale” and “Resident Evil.”

Thomas oversaw the development of the “90210” reboot, and also worked on “Party Down” and “Cupid.” Thomas actually tried to adapt “Metropolis” at ABC during the 1999-2000 development season. Michael Ealy starred and Thom Sherman, now the CW’s programming chief, served as network development executive. This time he will produce alongside Warren Littlefield of Littlefield Co. and ITV Studios America president Paul Buccieri, with Warner Bros. Television.

The CW also had “Confessions of a Backup Dancer,” “Wonder Woman” prequel “Amazon,” a “Great Expectations” reboot and a modern-day “Alice in Wonderland” on the network. There are also several supernatural-themed shows in the works.

Thomas is repped by UTA.

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- CW

Written by: KurtK26
Oct 16th, 2012, 7:05 pm

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