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‘The Last Days on Mars’ is Zombies in Space

4 November 2011 10:38 AM, PDT | newsinfilm.com | See recent newsinfilm news »

At this week’s American Film Market, Focus Features introduced plans to make The Last Days of Mars, a futuristic space thriller set on the surface of Mars to be directed by Irish filmmaker Ruairi Robinson in early 2012.

Robinson was nominated for an Oscar for his short film Fifty Percent Grey and was briefly considered for Warner Bros’ live-action Akira remake, in one of many iterations.

The script, written by Clive Dawson, centers on an eight-man crew wrapping up the first manned mission to Mars in 2036.  It’s day 179, the final day before the spaceship Aurora arrives to relieve them, when their paleontologist makes a monumental discovery at Site 9.  Microscopic signs of life.  Then he promptly falls in the pit, dies, and is reanimated as the walking, chasing, attacking undead.  The crew dwindles in the descending hours as they become infected themselves.

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- Jeff Leins

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Academy Award Nominated Ruairi Robinson To Direct Thriller The Last Days On Mars

3 November 2011 2:31 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Academy Award nominated Ruairi Robinson (Fifty Percent Grey, Blinky) is set to direct his first feature film, the highly anticipated thriller The Last Days On Mars based on a script by acclaimed screenwriter Clive Dawson, with design talents including the extraordinary team at Weta (District 9, X-Men First Class and Avatar) behind the special effects. Qwerty Films.Michael Kuhn (The Duchess, Being John Malkovich) and Andrea Cornwell (The Scouting Book for Boys) will produce the film, with Focus Features International handling international sales and distribution. Ffi will commence sales at the American Film Market in November.

The Last Days On Mars is currently in pre-production and is expected to start shooting early 2012 on location in Jordan and at Shepperton Studios in the UK.

As their last day on Mars draws to a close, the astronaut crew is on the verge of a major breakthrough – collected rock specimens reveal microscopic evidence of life. »

- Michelle McCue

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Irish Director Ruairi Robinson For 'Last Days on Mars'

2 November 2011 8:00 AM, PDT | IFTN | See recent IFTN news »

Oscar nominated Irish director Ruairi Robinson (Blinky, Fifty Percent Grey) is set to direct his first feature film, thriller 'The Last Days on Mars', which is penned by screenwriter Clive Dawson. Qwerty Films' Michael Kuhn (The Duchess, Being John Malkovich) and Andrea Cornwell (The Scouting Book for Boys) will produce 'The Last Days on Mars' with Focus Features International handling international sales and distribution. Focus will commence sales at the American Film Market in November. »

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The Last Days On Mars: Ruairi Robinson Set to Direct

1 November 2011 5:49 PM, PDT | Film-Book | See recent Film-Book news »

The Last Days on Mars to be directed by Ruairi Robinson. Clive Dawson scripted The Last Days on Mars will have Ruairi Robinson in the director’s chair if sales go well at the American Film Market. The Last Days on Mars is about a predatory lifeform on Mars discovered by a research team hours before the team is set to return to Earth.

The official press release on The Last Days on Mars:

London (November 1, 2011) – Academy Award nominated Ruairi Robinson (Fifty Percent Grey, Blinky) is set to direct his first feature film, the highly anticipated thriller The Last Days On Mars based on a script by acclaimed screenwriter Clive Dawson, with design talents including the extraordinary team at Weta (District 9, X-Men First Class and Avatar) behind the special effects. Qwerty FilmsMichael Kuhn (The Duchess, Being John Malkovich) and Andrea Cornwell (The Scouting Book for Boys) will produce the film, »

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Ruairi Robinson Set to Direct ‘The Last Days on Mars’

1 November 2011 3:31 PM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Short film and commercial director Ruairi Robinson has been attached to a few studio projects over the past year or two, notably one incarnation of Warner Bros. live-action Akira remake. His last big project was the 'killer robot' short Blinky, which you can see here [1]. Now he's got a new project brewing that will feature effects from Weta. If sales work out for The Last Days on Mars at the American Film Market, the film will shoot next year based on a script by Clive Dawson. The film follows the discovery of a predatory life form on Mars by a research team that is only hours away from leaving the planet to return to Earth. A press release with a few more details is after the break. London (November 1, 2011) – Academy Award nominated Ruairi Robinson (Fifty Percent Grey, Blinky) is set to direct his first feature film, the highly anticipated thriller »

- Russ Fischer

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Ruairi Robinson Might Spend First Days as Feature Filmmaker as His ‘Last Days on Mars’

1 November 2011 11:48 AM, PDT | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

We featured the short film Blinky a while back, but if you go to the page now, the video is private. Why? Because director Ruairi Robinson is blowing up in a major way, and they’ll probably want to sell the cow instead of giving away the sweet sci-fi milk for free on the internet from now on. If you saw the short before it was walled up, then you know his success is a great, great thing. He’s got immense talent (and an Academy Award nomination from his 2001 short Fifty Percent Grey), so it was a no-brainer when he got picked up for Lionsgate’s aliens-crashing-in-Russia flick The Fallen, but that probably won’t be his feature debut. According to Deadline Tharsis Bulge, Qwerty Films is ready to start production in early 2012 for The Last Days on Mars, a story about a routine hunt for life on Mars that runs off the rails when an »

- Cole Abaius

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The Last Days on Mars Gets Director Ruairi Robinson

1 November 2011 10:01 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Academy Award nominated Ruairi Robinson (Fifty Percent Grey, Blinky) is set to direct his first feature film, the highly anticipated thriller The Last Days on Mars based on a script by acclaimed screenwriter Clive Dawson, with design talents including the extraordinary team at Weta (District 9, X-Men: First Class and Avatar) behind the special effects. Qwerty Films' Michael Kuhn (The Duchess, Being John Malkovich) and Andrea Cornwell (The Scouting Book for Boys) will produce the film, with Focus Features International handling international sales and distribution. Ffi will commence sales at the American Film Market in November.

The Last Days on Mars is currently in pre-production and is expected to start shooting early 2012 on location in Jordan and at Shepperton Studios in the UK.

As their last day on Mars draws to a close, the astronaut crew is on the verge of a major breakthrough - collected rock specimens reveal microscopic evidence of life. »

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Ruairi Robinson and Weta to experience The Last Days on Mars

1 November 2011 8:54 AM, PDT | JoBlo.com | See recent JoBlo news »

Academy Award nominated director Ruairi Robinson (Fifty Percent Grey) is set to direct his very first feature film, The Last Days On Mars. Based on a script by screenwriter Clive Dawson (The Bunker), it's a thriller about the discovery of the first life on Mars.  The synopsis- As their last day on Mars draws to a close, the astronaut crew is on the verge of a major breakthrough – collected rock specimens reveal microscopic evidence of life. Meanwhile, communication is »

- Alex Riviello

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Afm: Focus Features Intl. Shops Ruairi Robinson-Directed ‘Last Days On Mars’

1 November 2011 6:16 AM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

London (November 1, 2011) – Academy Award nominated Ruairi Robinson (Fifty Percent Grey, Blinky) is set to direct his first feature film, the highly anticipated thriller The Last Days On Mars based on a script by acclaimed screenwriter Clive Dawson, with design talents including the extraordinary team at Weta (District 9, X-Men First Class and Avatar) behind the special effects. Qwerty FilmsMichael Kuhn (The Duchess, Being John Malkovich) and Andrea Cornwell (The Scouting Book for Boys) will produce the film, with Focus Features International handling international sales and distribution. Ffi will commence sales at the American Film Market in November. The Last Days On Mars is currently in pre-production and is expected to start shooting early 2012 on location in Jordan and at Shepperton Studios in the UK. As their last day on Mars draws to a close, the astronaut crew is on the verge of a major breakthrough – collected rock specimens reveal microscopic evidence of life. »

- MIKE FLEMING

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Ruairi Robinson to Direct The Last Days on Mars

1 November 2011 | shocktillyoudrop.com | See recent shocktillyoudrop news »

Academy Award nominated Ruairi Robinson ( Fifty Percent Grey , Blinky ) is set to direct his first feature film, the thriller The Last Days On Mars based on a script by screenwriter Clive Dawson, with design talents including the team at Weta ( District 9 , X-Men: First Class and Avatar ) behind the special effects. Qwerty Films' Michael Kuhn ( The Duchess , Being John Malkovich ) and Andrea Cornwell ( The Scouting Book for Boys ) will produce the film, with Focus Features International handling international sales and distribution. Ffi will commence sales at the American Film Market in November. The Last Days On Mars is currently in pre-production and is expected to start shooting early 2012 on location in Jordan and at Shepperton Studios in the UK. The film is described as »

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Ruairi Robinson to Direct The Last Days on Mars

1 November 2011 | Comingsoon.net | See recent Comingsoon.net news »

Academy Award nominated Ruairi Robinson ( Fifty Percent Grey , Blinky ) is set to direct his first feature film, the thriller The Last Days On Mars based on a script by screenwriter Clive Dawson, with design talents including the team at Weta ( District 9 , X-Men: First Class and Avatar ) behind the special effects. Qwerty Films' Michael Kuhn ( The Duchess , Being John Malkovich ) and Andrea Cornwell ( The Scouting Book for Boys ) will produce the film, with Focus Features International handling international sales and distribution. Ffi will commence sales at the American Film Market in November. The Last Days On Mars is currently in pre-production and is expected to start shooting early 2012 on location in Jordan and at Shepperton Studios in the UK. The film is described as »

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Ruairi Robinson’S Blinky *Must Watch*

21 March 2011 1:11 PM, PDT | www.themoviebit.com | See recent TheMovieBit news »

Yes, one of our own as we say. The Oscar nominated (for Fifty Percent Grey) Ruairi Robinson has released his new short film, which is absolutely brilliant! Well worth a watch and starring Max Records from Where The Wild Things Are. The story of a robot that we’d all love to own someday…wouldn’t we? Great to say a fantastic talent getting places. Was a big fan and still am of Ruairi particularly from from my own dabbling's in film and animation. Anyway, hit play!!! Blinky™ from Ruairi Robinson on Vimeo.

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- vicbarry@gmail.com (Vic Barry)

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Watch: Ruairi Robinson’s ‘Blinky™’ Short Starring Max Records

21 March 2011 8:21 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

We posted the teaser last year and now the Ruairi Robinson‘s full-length short has arrived online. Max Records (Where The Wild Things Are, The Brothers Bloom) leads Blinky™, a story about a boy and his increasingly creepy robot. We’ve seen the basic plot before, but Robinson’s high production values and crazy ending makes it worth a watch. You may know Robinson from his work on the live-action Akira script, which has yet to be greenlit. The Irish filmmaker also directed the Oscar-nominated Fifty Percent Grey. Check out the full short below via Quiet Earth.

Soon every home will have a robot helper. Don’t worry. It’s perfectly safe.

What do you think of the short and Robinson’s future in feature filmmaking?

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- Jordan Raup

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Must Watch: Ruairi Robinson's Full Twisted/Brilliant Short 'Blinky™'

20 March 2011 5:15 AM, PDT | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

Soon every home will have a robot helper. Don't worry. It's perfectly safe. Do you guys remember seeing that awesome teaser trailer for that rather creepy looking short called Blinky™? The one with the eerie Android robot look-alike. The short stars Max Records from Where The Wild Things Are and is written & directed by Ruairi Robinson, the Irish filmmaker who almost directed Akira then did a short titled The Silent City. Well thanks to a hot tip by Quiet Earth, the entire Blinky™ short can be viewed below, as it was uploaded on Vimeo. It's as crazy/sick/twisted/brilliant/awesome as you're expecting, so have fun and put the kids away! Watch Ruairi Robinson's full-length short film Blinky™: Blinky™ is the creation of Irish filmmaker Ruairi Robinson, an up-and-coming director with a few shorts in his filmography, including the Oscar nominated Fifty Percent Grey. Robinson wrote and »

- Alex Billington

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