Screenwriter and director, Sam Esmail is certainly riding high on the staggering success of Mr. Robot, especially as it will begin airing its last season recently. With that and three other projects in production, and six other projects in different stages, Esmail is undoubtedly one of the most in-demand directors on TV right now.
In a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter, when he was asked about cutting down Mr. Robot to four seasons instead of five, he said, "At the end of this third season, we put up the last two episodes — because I've known what the last two episodes would be since we started — and I said, "How many more episodes, without treading water, do we have to get the story from this point to that?" It was a tough call, but I think we let that dictate whether this would be the last season or not."
On the appeal of revisiting Battlestar Galactica, he said, "It was this sci-fi show that didn't feel incredibly sci-fi-y. It was grounded. I felt like I was watching a war film — so allegorical because it really was talking about 9/11 and the post-terrorist attack environment in a really human way. It was groundbreaking television in how serialized it was before that became popular among the other dramatic shows."
He added, "The word "reboot" was used when we were first talking about it, and I cringed. [Showrunner] Ronald Moore, he just hit it out of the park with his series, so why would I even want to touch that? I talked to him and said, "A, are you OK with this? And B, if you are, how do we proceed?" He said he was OK with it as long as it wasn't a reboot — which was in line with what I was thinking. But the world of Battlestar Galactica is so rich, the mythology is so interesting, that I think there is a lot to pick from and explore."
And on working with wife, Rossum on Angelyne (miniseries), "Emmy is doing all this movement training. When I come home and I see her do it, it's so crazy how realistic it is. She's just brilliant, but I've never seen this before from the beginning — someone studying and training for a role. It's pretty fascinating because initially, it was hard for me to wrap my head around it."