USA Network has picked up their Rami Malek and Christian Slater fronted hacker pilot Mr. Robot to series with a 10 episode order.
The series follows Elliot, a programmer who suffers from a debilitating anti-social disorder and decides that he can only connect to people by hacking them. He wields his skills as a weapon to protect the people that 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.
Produced by Universal Cable Productions, Mr Robot was one of five dramas that went to pilot as part of USA Network’s latest development cycle, which also saw the network all but abandon their push into scripted comedy. In addition to Rami Malek and Christian Slater, Mr. Robot also stars Portia Doubleday, Carly Chaikin and Martin Wallstrom. The executive producers are Steve Golin, Chad Hamilton and series creator Sam Esmail.
The series order for Mr. Robot is quite timely as it comes after Sony Pictures Entertainment has suffered a hitherto unprecedented cyber attack, which the FBI and US Department of Justice has determined was orchestrated by the North Korean regime. Mr. Robot is expected to enter production in 2015 in New York for a premiere during the 2015-2016 season.
“Mr. Robot could not be more timely and relevant,” said Chris McCumber, President of USA Network. “The creative team behind this series has done a brilliant job, taking viewers on a wild ride that leaves them wanting more. Rami gives a masterful performance as a hacker and unlikely hero, alongside Christian, who is perfectly cast as Mr. Robot.”