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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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Chuck Palahniuk returns to the world of Fight Club with a new comic book sequel that continues the story of his original novel and movie adaptation. He wrote the comic himself, with art from Cameron Stewart. The book will launch on Free Comic Book Day, May 2, with a special edition followed by the first issue of the regular series later in the month. The Hollywood Reporter has a first look at the variant cover for the first issue, which comes from Sex Criminals Artist Chip Zdarsky.
Fight Club 2 was announced last year, and will continue the story of the the unnamed protagonist of his 1996 novel and movie originally played by Edward Norton. He is now married to Marla, played by Helena Bonham Carter, and is a father. His named is revealed to be Sylvester, though his violent alter ego Tyler Durden, played by Brad Pitt, is waiting in the wings »
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
As someone who watches a lot of horror movies with a lot of possession movies in the mix, it’s shocking that I’ve never wondered, what happens to someone post-exorcism? Luckily writer-director Jordan Galland has done the work for me. Louisa Krause leads Galland’s third feature film, Ava’s Possessions, as the the title character. She just had a demon exorcised and is trying to put her life back together, but she’s still responsible for everything her “uninvited spiritual guest” made her do while possessed. In order to make amends and stay out of prison, Ava must attend Spirit Possessions Anonymous, which is basically AA for the post-possessed. While in Austin for the world premiere of Ava’s Possessions at SXSW, I sat down with Galland and Krause to discuss how they scored a green light to make the film, the extensive character work Krause did prior to shooting, »
- Perri Nemiroff
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
Written and directed by Joel Potrykus
Buzzard, the third film in director Joel Potrykus’ ‘Animal Trilogy’, attempts to be like a low-budget alternative to Fight Club; a rage against the inescapable power of soul-deadening corporations seen through the eyes of one of the system’s former minions. Unfortunately, though, it simply ends up being one of the least inspired entries in the widespread “childish adult” genre, with nothing really insightful to add to it.
Buzzard starts with a close-up of a Nintendo Power Glove on the hand of an unidentified owner (whose head is cut off by the top of the frame) as it is savagely being beaten into submission. Who is this man? And what’s his problem that he would beat up an old Nintendo controller? To answer the first question, that man is Marty Jackitansky (Joshua Burge), a lazy young man who works as a »
- Antonio Guzman
From the creative crawlspace of Fight Club author Chuck Palahniuk comes another twisting depraved tale called, inappropriately enough, Lullaby. This will mark the third time one of Palahniuk’s novels has been adapted for the screen, following the 1999 cult sleeper and Clark Gregg’s Choke.
The story of Lullaby originates from an African urban legend about ‘culling songs.’ While they may sound like ordinary lullabies, when spoken aloud or in one’s mind they possess the power to kill anyone in close proximity. It’s typically Palahniuk-ian subject matter.
This bizarre tale now has indie filmmakers Andy Mingo and Josh Leake attached after they optioned the rights from Palahniuk. The author is expected to co-write the screenplay with Mingo – who will also direct – while Leake is set to produce. Production on Lullaby is slated to begin at the end of 2015.
Until more information surfaces, you can check out the full »
- Gem Seddon
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 »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tom White)
Ever since Fight Club became a cult classic film, the novels of Chuck Palahniuk have been in various states of development. The novels Invisible Monsters and Rant have been the ones most often named as being in development or optioned by studios, but only Clark Gregg's Choke has made it to the silver screen since the 1999 release of the David Fincher film. Now, Palahniuk's novel Lullaby will be made into a film and the author himself is involved. Palahniuk revealed last »
- Alex Maidy
The work of Chuck Palahniuk has seen two big screen adaptations ranging from David Fincher's wild Fight Club to Clark Gregg's dark sexual comedy Choke (yes, Agent Coulson from i directed that movie). And now the author's fifth novel, Lullaby, will get the feature film treatment, and this time it falls on the side of independent cinema. The Wrap reports Palahniuk has optioned the rights to his book to Andy Mingo and Josh Leake, with the former directing the film and co-writing the script with the author himself while the latter will produce the film. The plan is to start shooting in Oregon or Louisiana early next year. Read on! This will truly be in indie film with a passionate filmmaker as Mingo teaches digital filmmaking at Oregon’s Clackamas Community College. In addition, he's also lectured at the Paris-Sorbonne University regarding the process of adapting Palahniuk’s fiction for the screen. »
- Ethan Anderton
Only two feature films have been produced based on novels by Chuck Palahniuk. One, Fight Club, was a studio production. The other, Choke, was an indie affair, directed by Clark Gregg, now much better known as Marvel’s Agent Coulson. There have been other options sold, and other development attempts, but for the moment that set […]
- Russ Fischer
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