Neill Blomkamp first attracted the attention of Hollywood by directing a handful of impressive short films with dazzling special effects, two of which he has now expanded to full blown feature films. Now he is looking to return the favour by helping another filmmaker turn one of his shorts into a feature film as well. About a week ago, Irish director Ruari Robinson (The Last Days on Mars) posted a short proof of concept video online for a project called The Leviathan (yep, just what we need, another movie called Leviathan). The video is a collaboration between Robinson and screenwriter Jim Uhls (Fight Club, Jumper) and after racking up 1.5 million views and tons of online buzz, it is now on the verge of being greenlit as a feature film. Hit the jump for more details and to check out the short film if you haven’t already seen it.
According to Deadline, X-Men writer and producer Simon Kinberg has come on board The Leviathan as a producer while Neill Blomkamp has also signed on as executive producer. Although there were said to be several suitors, Kinberg’s connections in the industry made him a no brainer for Robinson to partner with. Kinberg has a first look deal at Fox, which should help the project find a studio home if they want it.
The story takes place in the early 22nd century where humans can travel faster than the speed of light by harvesting the eggs of giant alien creatures. The eggs are harvested by hunters who are mostly involuntary labor. In addition to directing the sci-fi thriller The Last Days on Mars, Ruari Robinson was previously attached to both Voltron and Akira live-action movies and he was nominated for an Oscar for his short animated film Fifty Percent Grey. It certainly seems like he has earned a shot at directing his own big budget movie. What do you think, could The Leviathan make a great feature film?