July 14, 2014 9:00am PT by Lesley Goldberg
Hacker Drama 'Mr. Robot' Gets Pilot Order at USA Network
USA Network is getting into the hacking business.
The NBCUniversal-owned cable network has greenlighted drama Mr. Robot to pilot, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
From Universal Cable Productions, Mr. Robot centers on a young programmer, Elliot, who suffers from a debilitating antisocial disorder and decides that he can only connect to people by hacking them. He wields his skills as a weapon to protect the people he cares about. Elliot will find himself in the intersection between a cybersecurity firm he works for and the underworld organizations that are recruiting him to bring down corporate America.
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Sam Esmail (Comet) will pen the script and executive produce alongside Anonymous Content's Steve Golin (HBO's True Detective) and Chad Hamilton (Breakup at a Wedding).
"Mr. Robot is a visionary drama," USA Network president Chris McCumber said. "It is a very timely and relatable story that captures both the excitement and danger of today’s digital world."
Mr. Robot joins CIA drama Stanistan as the network's only drama pilots in the works. Robot was first put into development in May as part of USA's development slate. It is the first of those projects to move forward.
If ultimately picked up to series, Mr. Robot would join a drama slate that includes Covert Affairs, Graceland, Suits, White Collar, Rush and Complications, among others.
Esmail is repped by ICM Partners and Anonymous Content.
Mr. Robot becomes the latest technology-focused project to come to broadcast and cable. It joins CBS' CSI: Cyber, AMC's Halt and Catch Fire as well as HBO's Emmy darling Silicon Valley.