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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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Crafting an impressive short with ideas to burn is becoming an ever-more popular means for first-time filmmakers to get their foot in the studio door. Dracula Untold’s Gary Shore got his start that way, and this year’s Pixels was born from Patrick Jean’s video game-referencing work. Now Dutch ads and short film director Mischa Rozema has scored a deal with Warner Bros. on the back of his pitch film, Sundays, which you can watch below. Rozema’s concept, which he wrote with Kevin Koehler, finds Brian Petsos as a man who begins to realise that he himself and the world around him are not what they seem – indeed, the whole universe appears to be slowly falling apart. But can he trust even his own senses? The short definitely has overtones of The Matrix, Inception and even District 9 in its use of grungy visual style and dystopian ideas. »
So far it seems like the buddy cop element isn't the focus this time around
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- Christopher Campbell
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
Neill Blomkamp probably wouldn't be where he is today without the help of Peter Jackson, who produced District 9 after the younger director's gig helming a Halo movie fell through. Now Blomkamp is a big deal, especially with his plans to make the next Alien sequel, and it's his turn to be the benefactor. According to Deadline, he's teaming with Simon Kinberg -- writer of X-Men movies and producer of Blomkamp's Elysium and Chappie -- to oversee a feature by Ruairi Robinson based on a very hot proof-of-concept short that made the rounds on the internet last week. Based on that viral video (watch it down below), The Leviathan has been described as "Moby Dick in space," and in an interview with Film School Rejects, Robinson personally...
- Christopher Campbell
Irish filmmaker Ruairi Robinson owes an awful lot to the power of the Internet. His sci-fi short, The Leviathan, made its humble debut on Vimeo and YouTube last week with nary a studio or big name attached to it, but soon accumulated a staggering two million views across both video sharing platforms. Now, the project has garnered some real, A-lister attention in the form of Simon Kinberg along with District 9 and soon-to-be Alien helmer, Neill Blomkamp.
That’s according to a report published by Deadline, who bring word that the creative filmmaker expressed an interest in the intriguing, futuristic property shortly after it went viral. Such an agreement now means that Kinberg – who is honing his sci-fi chops through work on Star Wars: The Force Awakens – will assume first-look responsibilities should Robinson want to take The Leviathan to the silver screen with studio backing, which is a crucial »
- Michael Briers
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
Big news! Remember that awesome proof-of-concept teaser called The Leviathan we posted a week ago? It attracted some attention and now has two more major producers working on it. Deadline is reporting that fellow sci-fi director Neill Blomkamp (of District 9, Elysium and Chappie) is joining the creative team to develop as executive producer, plus screenwriter/producer Simon Kinberg (of This Means War, X-Men: Days of Future Past, Fantastic Four) will produce the project. Ruairi Robinson, the director behind The Leviathan, wrote on Twitter that he "could not hope for a better team to do this movie with." Hopefully this means the short proof will actually be made into an entire feature, because I already want to see more of it. As of yet, there is no mention of a studio deal but it sounds like there is something brewing. Deadline does mention that Simon "Kinberg's first-look deal with Fox »
- Alex Billington
There was a little bit of an uproar following the announcement of a new film in the Alien franchise from District 9, Elysium and Chappie director Neill Blomkamp. It wasn't because the film was being made necessarily, but moreso because he said this new film would share DNA with Alien and Aliens, and then this new film would come next. That implied that he would basically ignore Alien 3 and Alien Resurrection, for better or worse. But he's since backtracked saying, "I’m not trying to undo Alien 3 or Alien Resurrection," but it will just be more connected to the first two films. But now he's being asked about Prometheus too. Some are wondering how 20th Century Fox's approval of this project effects the future of Prometheus 2, which is still supposed to happen, and is being developed concurrently with Alien 5. In short, Blomkamp told Empire (via ComingSoon) that his »
- Ethan Anderton
I'd say it's fair to call Neill Blomkamp (District 9, Chappie) a visionary filmmaker, but as far as him being a quality storyteller, that's another thing. So, it's safe to say I'm a little wary of his upcoming Alien feature, which he recently discussed with Empire (via Den of Geek) and has said a few changes had to be made because Ridley Scott felt it "was bumping Prometheus 2 a little bit." Blomkamp made the change to minimize any kind of conflict with the Prometheus sequel. He also adds there is already a title for the film that is "kinda quite bold, but it gives away too much if I say the title." I'm not entirely sure what that means considering we're going to know the title sooner or later, but it seems safe to assume it isn't Alienses. As for any kind of plot, so far all he's said »
- Brad Brevet
By now we should all know that District 9 and Chappie director Neill Blomkamp is planning to make a fifth Alien movie. He released some concept art via Instagram earlier this year and bam! Shortly after, the sequel was officially announced. But with Prometheus 2 in the works for 2016, will the new Alien overlap with what Ridley Scott.s planning? Blomkamp recently opened up about his endeavor in the latest issue of Empire magazine, and he promises he won.t "tread on the toes" of Prometheus 2. To keep from doing so, he had to make a change to his story. I changed the one thing [Scott] felt was bumping Prometheus a little bit. One thing that makes me feel good about it is that Ridley is producing it. He likes the idea of what I want to make. Hmm. What could it be? Prometheus ended with Noomi Rapace.s Elizabeth »
"I changed the one thing (Ridley) felt was bumping Prometheus a little bit," he told Empire.
"Where it went after Aliens to me, as a fan, was wrong," he said. "There's a s**tload missing as a fan that I would want to see."
It has already been confirmed that in addition to the "Prometheus" franchise, 20th Century Fox has greenlit a new "Alien" installment, which will be directed by Neill Blomkamp (District 9, Chappie). Blomkamp previously said that the new movie will take place after James Cameron's "Aliens." And in a new interview with Empire magazine, he revealed that it won't get in the way of what Ridley Scott is doing with "Prometheus." "I changed the one thing [Ridley Scott] felt was bumping 'Prometheus' a little bit," confirmed Blomkamp. The director also said that he already came up with a title for the new movie, but isn't ready to reveal it yet. "It's kinda quite bold, but it gives away too much if I say the title," he teased. And regarding the story... Blomkamp mentioned: "Where it went after 'Aliens' to me, as a fan, was wrong." The new film »
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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From District 9 to Whiplash to Deadpool, many proof-of-concept teasers have been good enough to push a greenlight from studios, but The Leviathan may be the mother of them all. Academy Award-nominee Ruairí Robinson (Fifty Percent Grey, The Last Days on Mars) has just dropped this 3-minute short that pitches The Leviathan as a full-throttle…
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- Max Evry
Earning more than the rest of the field combined, Disney's Cinderella (2015) easily took the top spot at the box office this weekend.Liam Neeson's Run All Night got off to a very slow start, while indie horror flick It Follows had a great debut in limited release.Playing at 3,845 locations, Cinderella opened to $67.9 million. That ranks seventh all-time among March debuts. Compared to Disney's recent live-action fantasies, Cinderella's opening was roughly on par with Maleficent ($69.4 million), though it was noticeably lower than Oz The Great and Powerful ($79.1 million). It also opened well above Snow White and the Huntsman ($56.2 million).This is all the more impressive considering Cinderella's budget was a modest $95 million, which is around half as much as the rest of those movies cost.Cinderella's audience was 66 percent female and 66 percent families. The movie received a strong "A" CinemaScore; combine that with great reviews, and this should hold »
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One of the most fiercely debated subjects when it comes to the Oscars, aside from the actual films and performances in contention, is what the Academy should do with the size of their Best Picture slates. Recently, rumors have been swirling that AMPAS members have been considering again adjusting the potential lineup, perhaps even going back to having five nominees in Picture. I know there are plenty of fans out there who back that idea, while there are plenty more who want Oscar to go back to a straight ten. I certainly know which one I prefer, but I don’t agree that either idea beats the sliding scale that we currently have. Personally, I feel that going back to five would be a big mistake. In fact, I want them to do the exact opposite. Why do I say that? Well, I truly believe that a bigger group of »
- Joey Magidson
Chappie is an amazingly frustrating movie, perhaps singular in its ability to vex me. I enjoyed so much of it while I was watching it, director Neill Blomkamp is quite good at evoking an emotional response, but in the days since I’ve seen Chappie I have grown steadily angrier at it. It’s a movie that’s so tone deaf to the world around it and so unnecessarily. All of the pieces of this movie I enjoyed could have been contained in a framework that was not so brashly ignorant of the important issues it brings up only to causally discard.
I can’t imagine anyone thinking it is ok to make a movie that so casually deals with the militarization of the police force in 2015. It’s central to the plot that an arms manufacturer makes all of these high tech police robots. They also talk about how, »
- Arthur Tebbel
Powers is a new comic book show, exclusive to PlayStation Network. Our thoughts, both spoiler-filled and spoiler-free, are here…
Warning: there are spoilers later on, but we’ll warn you before we get into them.
First coming into existence in the year 2000, Powers is an on-going comic book by writer Brian Michael Bendis (credited, perhaps most famously, with being the artichect of Marvel’s Ultimate universe) and artist Michael Avon Oeming (known for Bluntman And Chronic and a host of Marvel work).
Powers (originally an Image comic, now owned by Marvel’s Icon imprint), is the story of two detectives – Christian Walker and Deena Pilgrim – based in the ‘Powers’ Division of the police force in a world where superheroes and their equally powerful villains are commonplace. Both characters’ pasts come into play in interesting ways, and the chemistry between them is a thing of beauty.
Now, Sony Pictures have made »
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