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 Leviathan” up as a proof of concept in hopes of making a feature length film and could not be happier with the results.
The story of “The Leviathan” takes place in the 22nd century, where humanity has resorted back to slavery in order to harvest the eggs of giant space creatures in order to use their exotic matter to create faster-than-light travel technology.
As a sci-fi proof-of concept, one would hope that the special effects would be up to par, and Robinson doesn’t disappoint; his flying space whale-being is not only fantastically rendered, but it offers an awesome idea of the bizarre creatures that could exist out in the vastness of space. Watch the epic teaser below: