While Hollywood continues to implement damage control measures, after one of its biggest studios succumbed to a massive, ongoing cyber attack, USA Network has seen opportunity amidst the crisis. Coincidentally having a pilot on its slate called Mr. Robot, the network has now picked it up for series – realizing the potential interest in a show set in the murky world of computer hacking. The network recently announced its intention to focus on drama, and Mr. Robot is one of five drama pilots it ordered in 2014.
The show is built around Elliot – a young computer programmer whose anti-social disorder leads him to conclude that his only option for connecting with others is to ‘hack’ them. Quickly finding himself sought after by underworld oorganizations thanks to his position as an employee of a cybersecurity firm, he becomes embroiled in plans to decimate corporate America.
Elliot is played by Rami Malek (Short Term 12), while Christian Slater (Breaking In) brings the mystery to the role of the titular Mr. Robot – an anarchist seeking Elliot’s expertise. The cast also features Portia Doubleday (Carrie), Carly Chaikin (Suburgatory), Michael Gill (House Of Cards) and Martin Wallstrom (The Sandhahm Murders). With Niels Arden Oplev (The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo) having directed the pilot, the show will be executive produced by writer and creator Sam Esmail (Comet), Chad Hamilton (Breakup At A Wedding) and Steve Golin (True Detective).
Mr. Robot sees a return to TV for Christian Slater, after Kyle Killen’s series Mind Games was cancelled in March 2014 after only five episodes. USA Network are clearly hoping that that the combination of Slater’s visibility and the highly newsworthy subject matter will give Mr. Robot the jump-start such dramatic series need in the ratings. President of the network, Chris McCumber, commented at the time of the announcement:
“Mr. Robot could not be more timely and relevant. Rami gives a masterful performance as a hacker and unlikely hero, alongside Christian, who is perfectly cast as Mr. Robot.”
Mr. Robot will be onscreen in 2015.