District 9 Co-Writer Terri Tatchell Writing a Funky New Sci-Fi
I'm guessing most of you didn't even know District 9 had a co-writer? Indeed it did. In fact, Terri Tatchell is married to director Neill Blomkamp, so it was more than just a simple collaboration. This story is a bit old but I just found it today thanks to our friends at GeekTyrant. A few weeks back on, the sci-fi site io9 did an interview with Tatchell talking about the success of District 9 and what's next for her and Neill. Tatchell revealed that she's been working on a screenplay that's a feature-length adaptation of a short sci-fi / fantasy film called Terminus. The concept is just wacky, I don't know how she'll make it work, you gotta hear this!
Here's an excerpt from the io9 interview with Tatchell talking about the status of the Terminus screenplay.
"The film I'm working on now is an adaptation of a short film called Terminus. It's a bit more science fiction, fantasy. It's about a stone creature that follows this stressed-out guy around, just stressing him more and more. It was incredibly well received, and the director that created it, [Trevor Cawood] hasn't done a feature yet, and he's really talented. I approached him about writing a feature script of that. It's been a little more challenging than I expected it to be. I'm probably on my second draft now. I'm not ready to send it off yet, but we'll see."
I've embedded a YouTube version of the short film Terminus below for your viewing pleasure. It's actually a pretty awesome short, it has some great effects and it's just a fun little film. This kind of reminds me of the success story of Federico Alvarez, the Uruguayan filmmaker who broke out with his YouTube short Panic Attack. It's an odd concept for a feature film, but that's what I love about this, because I love seeing original and unique ideas in this industry and if Tatchell and Blomkamp can help filmmaker Trevor Cawood actually get this made, all the better. I'm a big supporter of indie filmmakers who take crazy concepts and bring them to life and this is that kind of project. Hopefully we'll see Terminus at a festival sometime in the near future!