Film shorts are beginning to look like a viable way for studios to find their next feature film as Paramount has acquired the film rights to the sci-fi short, ‘Vessel’ and has tapped ‘The Grudge’ scribe, Stephen Susco, to pen the adaptation.
‘Vessel’ started off as a Kickerstarter project by Clark Baker who directed the short. With the help of his fellow Chapman University grads, Matt and Ross Duffer, who wrote the script, the short has received raves from sci-fi aficionados across the internet for its visual work and screenplay.
The film has been described as being in the same vein as ‘Alien,’ ‘The Thing’ and ‘Close Encounters of the Third Kind,’ and manages to blend practical creature effects with CGI. It tells of a group of passengers on Liberty Airlines’ Flight 298 who, after take-off, collides with another ship and encounters an “otherworldly force” which necessitates them to fight for their lives.
Baker will be directing the film and has already met with Susco to discuss the take for the feature film. Besides ‘The‘Grudge’ movies, Susco also wrote ‘Texas Chainsaw 3D’ and co-produced the horror film ‘The Possession’ which was released last August.
If you’re curious about how good Baker’s short is, we have it for you below! While only under 14 minutes long, it seems to have more meat in that time than most films have in 2 hours.
Let me know what you think of the short film as you watch below and whether or not Paramount made a smart purchase.