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We look at the films that slipped through Hollywood's net, from biblical epics to a time travelling Gladiator sequel...
This article contains a spoiler for Gladiator.
If you're one of those frustrated over the quality of many of the blockbusters that make it to the inside of a multiplex, then ponder the following. For each of these were supposed to be major projects, that for one reason or another, stalled on their way to the big screen. Some still may make it. But for many others, the journey is over. Here are the big blockbusters that never were...
The late Michael Crichton scored another residential on the bestseller list with his impressive thriller, Airframe. It was published in 1996, just after films of Crichton works such as Jurassic Park, Rising Sun, Disclosure and the immortal Congo had proven to be hits of various sizes.
So: a hit book, another techno thriller, »
About a week ago, a short film called "The Leviathan" appeared online and immediately got the attention of sci-fi lovers. The film became so popular that it got the attention of 20th Century Fox, which just announced that it will turn the project into a feature film. "The Leviathan" is directed by Ruairi Robinson, who is best known for being the first director attached to Warner Bros' live-action "Akira" movie. The short film is written by Jim Uhls (Fight Club) and contains creature design by Jordu Schell, one of the main designers on "Avatar." Fox already attached Simon Kinberg (X-Men: Days of Future Past) to produce and Neill Blomkamp (director of "District 9" and "Chappie") to executive produce. Uhls will provide the screenplay. Check out the short film below and here's the plot synopsis: By the early 22nd century mankind had colonized many worlds. Faster than light travel was made »
It's been a good week and a half for Irish director Ruairi Robinson. After his proof of concept/pitch trailer for sci-fi movie The Leviathan caused quite a stir on the Internet, it soon attracted the attention Simon Kinberg (X-Men: Days of Future Past), who attached himself to the project as producer, and District 9 director Neill Blomkamp, who came on board as executive producer. Now, courtesy of Variety, we have found out the movie has found a home at 20th Century Fox, with the studio picking up the project up to expand it into a feature film. Robinson will direct from a script by Fight Club's Jim Uhls, with the story, taking cues from literary sources like Dune and Moby Dick, concerning a 22nd century where faster than light travel is achieved by harvesting the eggs of massive flying whales. For those who haven't seen the pitch trailer, »
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Just 10 days after the proof-of-concept trailer was first released, 20th Century Fox has picked up the sci-fi thriller The Leviathan from director Ruairi Robinson (The Last Days on Mars). We reported earlier this week that Simon Kinberg has come aboard to produce with Neill Blomkamp serving as an executive producer. Simon Kinberg has a first-look deal with 20th Century Fox, so the project landing here makes perfect sense.
The Leviathan is set in the 22nd Century, where mankind has developed the ability to travel faster than the speed of light. This is made possible by harvesting exotic matter from the largest creatures Earth has ever seen, but those who are tasked with obtaining the matter do so involuntarily. Ruairi Robinson's three-minute proof-of-concept video has been viewed more than 1.2 million times since debuting last week, which helped build plenty of buzz for this sci-fi film's potential.
Ruairi Robinson is directing »
Ruairi Robinson's proof-of-concept teaser for The Leviathan shocked and awed millions of people who played it on their computer screens, so imagine the jaw-dropping look the feature film adaptation will have on the big screen now that 20th Century Fox has picked up the Simon Kinberg and Neill Blomkamp-produced project.
Variety reports that 20th Century Fox has picked up the pitch to make a feature film adaptation of Ruairi Robinson's The Leviathan. The news comes less than a week after it was revealed that Kinberg (X-Men: Days of Future Past) would produce and Blomkamp (Chappie, upcoming Alien film) would executive produce a feature film version of the three-plus minute video that featured dazzling digital effects and a colossal creature soaring through a cloud-shrouded sky. The move makes sense, as Kinberg has a first-look deal with 20th Century Fox and Blomkamp is currently set to scribe and helm »
- Derek Anderson
Movement on Ruairi Robinson‘s proposed sci-fi film The Leviathan happened fast. The director posted a proof of concept trailer just days ago, which led to Neill Blomkamp and Simon Kinberg joining the project as producers. Now Fox has bought the The Leviathan movie pitch and the script for the film, written by Jim Uhls (Fight Club). Variety reports. […]
The post Fox Picks Up ‘The Leviathan’ appeared first on /Film. »
- Russ Fischer
Shortly after unveiling a proof of concept video, Simon Kinberg and Neill Blomkamp signed up to join Irish filmmaker Ruairi Robinson for his upcoming sci-fi feature, The Leviathan, and now, merely four days later, the film has a major studio backing it as well. As reported by Variety, 20th Century Fox just snatched up Robinson’s pitch. The story is set in the 22nd century when traveling faster than the speed of light is made possible by harvesting the exotic matter in the eggs of these absolutely enormous whale-like creatures. Thanks to the practice, mankind has been able to colonize many worlds, but it comes at a cost because those who track down these creatures are being forced into involuntary labor. Robinson is attached to direct the film with Jim Uhls (Fight Club, Jumper) penning the script. Blomkamp is on board as an executive producer and Kinberg will produce. If »
- Perri Nemiroff
Busy on another story, I just got beaten to the punch by Variety on news that Fox acquired Leviathan, a film that Ruairi Robinson will direct, based on a short film we wrote about previously. But the story was a bit incomplete. Fox bought a spec script (not a pitch) by Fight Club scribe Jim Uhls, not a pitch as our sister publication reported. I’m told the studio paid mix six against seven figures for the script. That’s pretty good right there, but the driving force… »
It’s a natural fit, given Kinberg’s first-look deal with the studio and Blomkamp beginning to build a relationship with Fox after coming on to direct the next “Alien” pic. Fox’s Steve Asbell brought the pitch in and will oversee for the studio.
The project is set in the 22nd century, when mankind has colonized many worlds and traveling faster than the speed of light has been made possible by the harvesting of exotic matter from the eggs of the largest species mankind has ever seen.
Robinson recently made a three-minute concept video that has received 1.2 million views since going online and »
- Justin Kroll
If you're still trying to get your jaw off the floor after watching The Leviathan proof of concept trailer that debuted last week from Ruairi Robinson, then you might want to sit down before taking this in: Simon Kinberg and Neill Blomkamp are looking to bring Robinson's stunning vision of the flying colossal creature to the big screen.
According to /Film, Kinberg (X-Men: Days of Future Past) is producing and Blomkamp (Chappie, upcoming new Alien film) is executive producing The Leviathan feature film that will be directed by Ruairi Robinson (The Last Days on Mars) from a screenplay by Jim Uhls (Fight Club). Stay tuned to Daily Dead for further details. In case you haven't seen it yet, we have the proof of concept trailer for The Leviathan.
"By the early 22nd century mankind had colonized many worlds. Faster than light travel was made possible by harvesting exotic matter from »
- Derek Anderson
Read More: Why We're Too Quick to Write Off New Directors Since Ruairi Robinson's epic short/teaser "The Leviathan" hit the internet on March 16, multitudinous views on YouTube and Vimeo and fan chatter has led to some big names taking notice. Deadline has reported that "X-Men" writer-producer Simon Kinberg has joined the feature length project as a producer. Jim Uhls ("Fight Club") will be writing the screenplay. Finally, and most notably, "District 9," "Elysium" and "Chappie" director Neill Blomkamp has joined the project as an executive producer. As Deadline points out, Kinberg has a first-look deal with Fox, which might prove beneficial for the project. Irish filmmaker Ruairi Robinson was nominated for an Academy Award for his 2001 short film "Fifty Percent Grey," an intriguing animated film which follows a soldier’s afterlife experience. Robinson put the short for "The »
- Casey Cipriani
Last week, director Ruairi Robinson (The Last Days on Mars) debuted a three and a half minute proof-of-concept video for a new sci-fi thriller entitled The Leviathan. The video has already amassed nearly 2 million views through Vimeo, YouTube and other platforms. While the project doesn't have a studio home quite yet, Deadline reports that Simon Kinberg has come aboard to produce, while Neill Blomkamp has signed on to executive produce.
After the video debuted last week, a number of producers contacted Ruairi Robinson about signing on to his project, but they were all "blown out of the water" after Simon Kinberg came on board. Simon Kinberg does have a first-look deal in place at 20th Century Fox, making the studio a possible home for The Leviathan. However, even if they pass, there will be plenty of studio suitors waiting in the wings.
The story is set in the early 22nd Century, »
At the same time, writer/director Neill Blomkamp ("District 9," "Chappie") has also joined the project as executive producer. Jim Uhls ("Fight Club," "Jumper") has already penned the screenplay for the feature.
Ruairi Robinson ("The Last Days on Mars") created the 3.5 minute proof-of-concept piece which is set in the 22nd century and follows involuntarily drafted pilots who hunt giant whale-like flying creatures through the skies. In a week the short has racked up nearly two million views.
Source: Deadline »
- Garth Franklin
Last week, a proof of concept/pitch trailer for Irish director Ruairi Robinson's (The Last Days of Mars) The Leviathan hit the web, and the original sci-fi concept was met with praise across the board, racking up early two million views across Vimeo and Youtube. Based on a screen play from Fight Club scribe Jim Uhls, the short featured impressive visuals crafted by Robinson himself, and told the 22nd century set story of involuntarily drafted pilots who hunt gigantic flying whales through the skies. It was a fantastically realised short that richly deserves to be put on the big screen. Now, it's looking like that might actually happen with Deadline revealing that X-Men: Days of Future Past writer Simon Kinberg has signed onto the project as producer, which should go a long way to securing the project a studio, especially considering his cache at Fox. Furthermore, it is also »
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Proof-of-concept trailers are nothing new. They've helped many projects become reality, including the highly anticipated Deadpool. Oscar-nominated drama Whiplash secured financing due to its proof-of-concept video, and It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia creator Rob McElhenney just sold his proof-of-concept Figment to Legendary Pictures in a significant deal. Academy Award-nominee Ruairi Robinson (Fifty Percent Grey, The Last Days on Mars) hopes to be as lucky as he introduces the world to his sci-fi thrill-ride The Leviathan.
The The Leviathan teaser trailer is a three-minute adrenaline-fueled ride through the clouds. It takes its cues from the literary classics Moby Dick and Dune. The story takes place in the early 22nd century. Mankind has colonized many worlds. 'Faster-than-light' travel was made possible by harvesting exotic matter from the eggs of the largest species mankind has ever seen. Those that take part in the hunt for these creatures are mostly involuntary labor.
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The last time we saw director Ruairi Robinson is was with his feature debut The Last Days on Mars. Now, he's back with this proof of concept/pitch trailer, made with the support of the Irish Film Board, for The Leviathan, a new sci-fi concept from Fight Club screen writer Jim Uhls that comes across as Moby Dick with space whales. And yes, the below trailer is as awesome as that description suggests. The Leviathan -- Teaser from Ruairi Robinson on Vimeo. Again, this is only a pitch, but the strength of the visuals should at least get it noticed, and hopefully the story will seal the deal, as I find myself really wanting to see this on the big screen. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tom White)
Ah, the apocalypse. Arguably one of the most fertile grounds for creativity across any medium, be it film, video games or television. Today, we’ve picked up news of another genre entry coming to the latter medium, after Syfy announced plans to adapt Robert Charles Wilson’s award-winning novel Spin into a miniseries.
With Jim Uhls already on board — screenwriter behind the likes of Jumper and Fight Club — the network is pushing ahead to bring the six-hour series to the small screen by the year’s end. In terms of the actual storyline, we understand that Spin centers around (no pun intended) a young scientist who is tasked with preventing impending doom after a mysterious, all-consuming cloud envelopes planet earth in its entirety and pushes humanity to the brink.
It’s the first book in Charles Wilson’s trilogy, a series that also includes Axis and Vortex, and though Syfy »
- Michael Briers
Helping to start your Friday on the right horror/sci-fi foot, we’re back with another round-up that includes major casting news for Sharknado 3, the first look at Neca’s 25th Anniversary Dark Horse Comics Predator figure, and details on Syfy’s miniseries adaptation of Robert Charles Wilson’s Hugo Award-winning novel, Spin.
Deadline reports that Ian Ziering & Tara Reid will reprise their roles as Fin and April, respectively, in The Asylum’s Sharknado 3. The third entry in the “anything goes” franchise will be directed by Anthony C. Ferrante off a screenplay by Thunder Levin. The film makes its debut on the Syfy channel in July and will take place in Washington D.C. and other East Coast areas.
Neca unveiled the first look at their 25th anniversary Predator figure that replicates the elite alien warrior depicted on the first issue of the 1989 Predator comic book series from Dark Horse. »
- Derek Anderson
“Fight Club” screenwriter Jim Uhls will adapt Robert Charles Wilson’s 2005 novel “Spin” for Syfy’s miniseries of the same name, the cabler announced Thursday at the Television Critics Assn. press tour.
The six-hour miniseries will follow the novel’s tale of a young scientist on a mission to save the world from an impending apocalypse due to a mysterious cloud that has covered planet Earth, blacking out all the stars.
Wilson’s “Spin” is the first book in a trilogy, which also includes “Axis” and “Vortex.”
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
19 items from 2015
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