USA Network Buys Mr. Robot TV Drama, Hires Director

By Rachel Cruz | 2 years ago
USA Network Buys Mr. Robot TV Drama, Hires Director

Last July, “Mr. Robot,” a drama about a computer programmer, received a pilot order from USA Network. The show has recently picked the director to helm the episode, enlisting Niels Arden Oplev, best known for his work on the original Danish release of “Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.” Read on to find out about this news story.

Fans of the original version of the 2009 movie “Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” might be thrilled to learn that its director, Niels Arden Oplev, has agreed to do the pilot for USA Network’s “Mr. Robot,” as first reported on Variety.  Oplev is no stranger to American television, having directed the pilot for “Under the Dome” and “Unforgettable” in previous years.


The planned drama thriller and potential series “Mr. Robot” will follow the story of Elliot, a skillful programmer who has a social disorder. Elliot doesn’t like to associate with people, but the only way he connects with them is by hacking into their internet profiles.

The official logline of the show, as published in the press release, has the following description:

He wields his skills as a weapon to protect the people that he cares about. Elliot will find himself in the intersection between a cyber security firm he works for and the underworld organizations that are recruiting him to bring down corporate America.

“Mr. Robot” is produced by Sam Esmail under Universal Cable Productions, along with Steve Golin and Chad Hamilton for Anonymous Content. Esmail is also responsible for writing the script to the pilot.

In making its order, USA Network’s president, Chris McCumber, described the story of “Mr. Robot” as a “visionary drama.” The network executive said through Variety that the concept is timely, given the way the world operates in the digital world today.

And there you have it for the news on a potential drama thriller, “Mr. Robot,” which will be coming to USA Network for its future programming. News of its lead stars has yet to be announced, but as development for the project continues, we will keep you updated about the show here on Movie News Guide (MNG).

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