Sam Esmail Explains Why He Wanted to Do a Mr. Robot Book
It's happening, friend. A Mr. Robot tie-in book written by show creator Sam Esmail and show writer Courtney Looney.
We asked Esmail why we wanted to put out a Mr. Robot book, and what it will add to Elliot's journey.
"I am a huge fan of real interactive engagement with a show," Esmail told USA Network. "I think there’s this sort of new trend, especially with all these different forms of media and formats, where it’s not that you just want to know what happens next, but you want to know what happens before, you want to know what happens on that storyline, and around you… That’s more of a 360 view of the story, as opposed to this one, linear, 47-minute chunk that you watch every week."
Many Mr. Robot fans are already aware of how the world of the show is expanded online, especially with the proliferation of Easter egg sites throughout the season. But a book will bring a new medium into the fold -- one that Esmail thinks is the perfect vehicle to tell part of Elliot's story we don't see on TV.
"The book just made complete sense," Esmail said. "I didn’t write this into the script beforehand, but what happened was Elliot kept a journal, and that organically came out of the Writers’ Room while we were breaking the season two storyline. When we were talking about other avenues to explore outside of the show, I immediately went to the journal. I said, 'Well, wait a minute … There’s this thing that he has been writing for 30 days off camera, in between the two seasons, as well as a little bit of the beginning of the second season, that'd be great to actually create and release to the public. It’s not meant to be this promotional thing, but an actual authentic representation of what Elliot was going through in all that missing time -- which is not included in the show. That’s how it came about."
Esmail remained cryptic about how the book will fill in some of the gaps, except to say, "There is a person in the book who actually reveals something about what was going on -- with Mr. Robot specifically -- that, again, was not included in the show because the show is very much told from Elliot’s point of view."
The hardcover notebook also holds seven removable artifacts -- a ripped-out page, a newspaper clipping, a mysterious envelope, and more -- along with sketches throughout. Pre-order Red Wheelbarrow now and catch up with every episode of Mr. Robot season_2.0 here.