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