Aaron Sims' Sci-Fi Short 'Archetype' Now Being Made Into a Feature

February 29, 2012
Source: Heat Vision

Aaron Sims' Archetype

Remember that impressive sci-fi short involving a massive sentient robot that we featured a few months ago called Archetype? (Watch it here.) As predicted, the project has been picked up by Hollywood. THR's Heat Vision is officially reporting that producer John Davis (I, Robot, Eragon, Gulliver's Travels, Predators), who is "riding high off of the surprise success" of Chronicle, has acquired rights to make Archetype into a feature-length movie with director Aaron Sims, a visual effects industry veteran just now making the leap into directing. He'll helm from a screenplay being written by Guy Busick & Ryan Murphy (not the Glee one).

Archetype, a 7-minute sci-fi short by Aaron Sims, already racked up views on YouTube and started getting buzz surrounding it being the next District 9; partially because of that scene above where the robot is being interrogated. The film tells the story of an eight-foot tall combat robot named RL7 that malfunctions during a mission, developing unexplained memories, causing its creators to investigate its odd behaviour. At the end of the short (spoiler), RL7 goes rogue and busts out, though that seemed to be just the start, hopefully that's where the feature will take off from. No other details were mentioned, but Davis has a first look deal at Fox, so if they want it, they may take it, but we'll have to see. Excited to see this short land a deal, as I want to see it made into a feature. Be sure to watch the original film if you haven't, we'll keep you updated.

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  • Jericho
    • bat0u
      you're so ears.... a new robocop i'd be down for, so, screw....halo?
    INSERT [Obligatory DISTRICT 9 reference Here] This is going to be so good. I am excited for this.
  • bat0u
    and what was that other older robot short? something with a briefcase at the end?
    • bat0u
       nvm, wasn't a briefcase. was a "gift" The Gift -
      • Yea, I know that one - I loved it, too! I think it's being made into a movie as well. Director was Carl Rinsch, he's just finishing up 47 Ronin so this project is probably in his queue at some point. I want to see it made into a movie as well!
  • Of course it's being made, and why not? It somewhat resembles something else and has half a plot, that's a better start than most movies these days.
    • Chris Amaya
      I got a RoboCop vibe from it.  
      • I got multiple movie vibes from it. After re-reading my statement above it actually comes across as positive, it wasn't meant to be really.
  • Zeus
    I hope someone picks up Blinky™ next!
    • Me
       The director is making his first feature film now, working with WETA and Peter Jackson I believe. Its not Blinky but its a scfi film.
      • Zeus
        Nice! Looking forward to it whatever it is!
  • Chazzy
  • Panda
    SWEEET high five over the internet!!!
  • Pilgrim_UK
    AI and sentience its been done to death but really cannot get enough of it.  Have a look at "Eve no Jikan Gekijouban" if you like this kind of thing.
  • Me
    Really?  How does Hollywood pick its projects, I really would love to know?? This short seemed a little too simple in terms of context. Lets see, we have a typical futuristic scene with a robot interrogation aka i, robot and it becomes self aware and gets angry - nothing new here? Why don't they look at shorts like this.. Which is also made by vfx artists by the way. We rock! 😛
    • Moutchy
       Cool movie. Thanks for the link!
    • That short was good, but just misery filled. I've hung out with a lot of amateur film-makers and always  they love a misery tale. Always someone has to die. Zombies or post-apocalypse.
  • David Banner
    A short film can be many a thing, but it is actually rare that it's an 'extended teaser' wanting to be made into a feature,  like the sci-fi ones we have seen last year(s). All is good, it juts means more effort will be put into short films, and more people will watch them. Seems a select few of us bother to go to short film festivals these days, buzz like this should bring waves back to the short film festivals now :) Or: we'll just watch more of them online, hehe.
    • Me
      Totally agree - its a great format that can be hyper creative in a really condensed time frame - love watching shorts!
  • tir na nog
    I love that short film,glad to hear it got a deal,would definetly go to see it.




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