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Fox Turning Cyberpunk Animated Short 'ROSA' Into a Feature Film

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December 9, 2011
Source: Heat Vision

ROSA

Last month the internet and Hollywood was all abuzz with a spectacular animated sci-fi short ROSA, and now the story is headed for the big screen. Heat Vision reports 20th Century Fox has picked up the short film from Jesus Orellana, the comic book artist who created the short and is slated to direct a live-action feature film adaptation of his original story that takes place in a post-apocalyptic world where all natural life has disappeared. In one month, Orellana's exposure online got him agency representation followed by meetings with studios to pitch his short as the basis for a feature film which was actually his plan all along.

If you didn't watch it last month, here's the short film ROSA for you to check out:

In the near future, humanity has disappeared, leaving behind a large megalopolis devoid of natural life. From the destruction awakens ROSA, a robot in the KERNEL project, mankind's last attempt to restore the earth's ecosystem using recovered samples of long-extinct plant species. Wandering among the ruins of the lifeless city, Rosa soon discovers that she is not the only part of Kernel that has awakened. Though Orellana crafted the roadmap for a feature length story, a different screenwriter will be brought in to pen the actual script. Sherlock Holmes writer Simon Kinberg will produce the film to bookend this great success story.

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  • Kaim
    Well the short didn't give us much insight to any script so it is hard to be excited at this point. Has some potential though. I enjoyed the movie "9" but the short for it was much more interesting imo.
  • Skeptical
    This is about as interesting as the lasting taste of a tootsie pop.  Visuals that have been done before in countless aspiring concept artist portfolios and a story that can last about as long as the short.  Some things are meant to be short and that's why they find success.  Hope the filmmaker studies the craft more and one day puts something out that moves an audience beyond the sugar coating.
  • guest
    Here we go again studios going ape shit over a short and inexperienced filmmaker to direct a big budget film. Hope it fails. When will studios give more ind Feature film directors more love my god look how long it took for Nicolas Winding Refn to make a splash here when he was killing it across the pond with his Pusher trilogy, Bronson and Vahalla Rising. Didn't strike gold till Drive, better later than never.
    • what the hell kind of attitude is that to have? Of course you're a "guest" and don't leave your name. Why would anyone wish a person WHO WANTS TO ENTERTAIN YOU to fail? This is an artist who's being given a shot to try something they're passionate about and you hope it fails? Go away!
  • I really hope there's more story here, but with a good screen writer this could be a great successor to Ghost in the Shell and The Matrix.
  • tir na nog
    I loved it,bring on the film.
  • Guest
    Holy shit how much exactly can you rip off other people? Not even 60 seconds in I already could see loads of stuff ripped off directly from other cyberpunk. Actually EVERYTHING in there is sucked from one of Oshi Mamoru's movies. Its ridiculous really. there is a limit how much you can pay homage to someone without starting to plagiarize. From Avalon to Innocence to Ghost in the shell, Its all there. And they wanna make a full movie out of it? Unbeliavable.
  • If the ending was changed it would be a lot better. It was hopeless. The environments were great though, if the director has a bigger team, then I don't see why it couldn't be a good feature film. Story is key.
  • GammaRat
    Among other things, I wanted to know why the unarmed Green Eyes were being hunted by the Red Eyes, who get to pack heat.
  • Richie G
    The guy who made this should get a job in the modeling department of some huge studio no question, but I really did not enjoy that at all
  • greg
    This does not have much appeal at all.

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