Last week, director Ruairi Robinson (The Last Days on Mars) debuted a three and a half minute proof-of-concept video for a new sci-fi thriller entitled The Leviathan. The video has already amassed nearly 2 million views through Vimeo, YouTube and other platforms. While the project doesn't have a studio home quite yet, Deadline reports that Simon Kinberg has come aboard to produce, while Neill Blomkamp has signed on to executive produce.
After the video debuted last week, a number of producers contacted Ruairi Robinson about signing on to his project, but they were all "blown out of the water" after Simon Kinberg came on board. Simon Kinberg does have a first-look deal in place at 20th Century Fox, making the studio a possible home for The Leviathan. However, even if they pass, there will be plenty of studio suitors waiting in the wings.
The story is set in the early 22nd Century, where mankind has colonized several different worlds after light-speed travel has been made possible from extracting "exotic matter" from the eggs of the "largest species mankind has ever seen." The people who go on the hunt for these eggs are largely involuntary laborers. Jim Uhls (Fight Club) wrote the screenplay with Ruairi Robinson set to direct.
Simon Kinberg most recently produced Neill Blomkamp's Chappie and Cinderella, along with upcoming projects such as Deadpool and The Martian. Neill Blomkamp is currently working on the highly-anticipated Alien 5 for 20th Century Fox. Take a look at Ruairi Robinson's proof-of-concept video, and chime in with your thoughts below.
Here is some news. Could not hope for a better team to do this movie with. http://t.co/BAtWIslNl5— Ruairi Robinson (@RuairiRobinson) March 23, 2015