Blomkamp is Also Helping Turn 'The Leviathan' into a Feature Film
Big news! Remember that awesome proof-of-concept teaser called The Leviathan we posted a week ago? It attracted some attention and now has two more major producers working on it. Deadline is reporting that fellow sci-fi director Neill Blomkamp (of District 9, Elysium and Chappie) is joining the creative team to develop as executive producer, plus screenwriter/producer Simon Kinberg (of This Means War, X-Men: Days of Future Past, Fantastic Four) will produce the project. Ruairi Robinson, the director behind The Leviathan, wrote on Twitter that he "could not hope for a better team to do this movie with." Hopefully this means the short proof will actually be made into an entire feature, because I already want to see more of it.
As of yet, there is no mention of a studio deal but it sounds like there is something brewing. Deadline does mention that Simon "Kinberg's first-look deal with Fox also gives Robinson potential studio backing should they decide to move forward. In the event of Fox passing, however, there will likely be no shortage of takers for the high concept story set in the early 22nd century." Some are describing The Leviathan as "Moby Dick in space", we wrote in our original post that it's kind of like "Dune meets Pacific Rim", but the good thing is that it's a kick ass original concept seemingly inspired by plenty of other sci-fi, though it still looks totally unique. I'm excited to know that Ruairi Robinson now has more supporters behind this, since he might need them to actually pull it off. Robinson has made a few shorts (including Blinky™) and only one feature so far.
Above is a look at the maquette of the giant alien creature featured in The Leviathan. Robinson posted this to his twitter, sculpture credit to Jordu Schell, after the short proof first debuted last week. See even more concept art on Film School Rejects. We'll keep everyone updated on more news regarding this sci-fi project.