Wes Ball's Animated Sci-Fi Short 'Ruin' Picked Up By Fox for Feature
Another indie sci-fi short we featured gets picked up by the studios for development. This time it's Ruin, one that I know a lot of our readers loved, an animated post-apocalyptic short created by Wes Ball. THR's Heat Vision reports that 20th Century Fox is in negotiations to pre-emptively pick up the movie rights to Ruin and the "pitch to turn it into a live-action movie." Apparently the project is being developed at McG's Wonderland Sound and Vision, under the supervision of Steve Tzirlin, a Lucasfilm exec behind Star Wars: The Clone Wars. Let's hope this is truly in the best hands, as we all we want this thing to turn out excellent.
Ruin, as a short, is set in a post-apocalyptic overgrown, green future world, and has a Terminator vibe with a lengthy motorcycle chase. According to THR's news, the Ruin feature will be made live-action. Ball is attached to direct and will co-write the script with T.S. Nowlin. Wes Ball is a former a graphics designer who made the short on his own time doing his own animation. THR says that Fox "brought the project before other studios" before meeting Ball, but "sees the property as having franchise potential" which is why they're jumping on it. As much as I love hearing great news about filmmakers getting their break, I'm a bit hesitant about the story and what this will be about, but I'm certainly curious to see anyway. Sound good?