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Is there a curse of sci-fi movies set on Mars? We don't believe that, but there's plenty of evidence to support that theory, with virtually every film set on our nearest planetary neighbor -- from "Mission To Mars" to "Red Planet" from "Ghosts Of Mars" and "Mars Needs Moms" to "John Carter" -- all disappointing critically, commercially or both. But director Ruairi Robinson ain't afraid of no curse.

The Irish filmmaker made his name with the Oscar-nominated animated short "Fifty Percent Grey," and has since made a couple of acclaimed live-action tinged shorts -"Silent City" with Cillian Murphy and "Blinky" with Max Records (watch both below). But despite the director being briefly attached to the live-action remake of "Akira" in the middle of the last decade, he's been yet to move into the feature film world, but he's about to finally get rolling on his debut.

Robinson's been attached »

- Oliver Lyttelton

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