Irish filmmaker Ruairi Robinson’s ‘The Leviathan’ will be moving forward in a big way with a couple new names attached to the feature film. You may not be overly familiar with Robinson as his only full length film released so far was ‘The Last Days on Mars,’ but you will recognize Simon Kinberg (‘X-Men: Days of Future Past‘,’Star Wars Rebels’) who has just signed on as the film’s producer and Neill Blomkamp (‘District 9′,’Chappie‘) who will be the Executive Producer. With a screenplay by Jim Uhls (‘Fight Club’,’Jumper’) you know that the writing will be top notch as well. This all started to come together after a 3 and a half minute concept film that Robinson put together to show what he wanted to do and has genre fans salivating to see the final product. The short has had over 1.2 million views on Vimeo and over seven hundred thousand and climbing on YouTube.
I truly feel that this is going to be inspired by some of the concepts in my favorite piece of science fiction of all time – ‘Dune.’ From interstellar travel to using a giant alien species as part of the source of it, to having to mine from this species, to an inhospitable world, there are a lot of similarities here and I’m wondering what will stay and what will be changed by the time this gets turned from a three minute film to an epic science fiction monster movie.
With Kingberg on board that means Fox has a first-look at the film. Even without their instant financing, I’m sure there will be no shortage of takers with how hot science fiction tends to be these days.
You can check out the initial concept video below:
By the early 22nd century mankind had 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 are mostly involuntary labor.
So while you may not yet have heard of Ruairi Robinson I suspect that after ‘The Leviathan’ hits the big screen you’ll start becoming very familiar with his work. If his future endevours can garner this kind of interest, we may have just found one of the future big names in science fiction.
What are your thoughts on ‘The Leviathan’? Are you going to be checking out a full feature film based off of the teaser?