For Sam Esmail, Mr. Robot Was Just the Start of Exploring the Perils of Technology

The creator is turning his lifelong fascination with, and fear of, tech into riveting television

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The critically adored drama Mr. Robot wasn’t a science-fiction show—despite its title—yet it was one of the best series ever to tackle technology and its terrifying central role in our lives. And now that the USA Network series wrapped its four-season run last December, creator Sam Esmail is ready to tackle the topic again.

Esmail’s next big project is a reimagining (he hates to call it a “reboot”) of Battlestar Galactica—which was first a ’70s series and then, ahem, rebooted as a much-loved Syfy series in 2004—for Peacock, NBCUniversal’s upcoming streaming service.



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This story first appeared in the March 16, 2020, issue of Adweek magazine. Click here to subscribe.