Viral Sci-Fi Short 'Sundays' Grabbed by Warner Bros. for Feature Film

March 27, 2015
Source: Deadline


After raising $50,000 on Kickstarter, filmmaker Mischa Rozema and his buddies from an Amsterdam production house called PostPanic made a short sci-fi film called Sundays, and it went viral online on Monday. Well, the short created a frenzy in Hollywood as Deadline reports at least three studios weren't fighting for the rights to the short, as well as the talent that is Mischa Rozema, and Warner Bros. came out on top with a deal to turn the short into a feature film. This is the new way to break into the exclusive club that is Hollywood, and it's undoubtedly a dream come true for Rozema and his team. Wanna see the short?

Here's the short film Sundays that landed Rozema a feature film deal at Warner Bros. Pictures:

If you need to be convinced to watch the short, here's the plot synopsis:

"The end of the world seems like a nightmare to Ben. A memory of a past life that doesn’t belong to him. When Ben starts to remember Isabelle, the only love he’s ever known, he realises she’s missing in his life. An existential descent into confusion and the desperate need to find out the truth begins. This reality depicts a stunning, surprising and dark world. A world that is clearly not his."

It's a pretty great short, with very impressive visuals, and there's plenty of confidence in the tone and style of the film. It's not hard to see why studios were all over this thing. The project actually came to fruition after Jairo Alvarado at Circle of Confusion saw one of Rozema's commercials, tracked him to Amsterdam, made a plan to create a proof of concept short for his feature film pitch, got the money from Kickstarter, cast the film through an agency, shot it in Mexico City, and finished it at the PostPanic production and VFX offices. After teasing it at some Hollywood meetings last fall, the full short was done this past week, and here we are. Now the plan is to get writers together for the script that Rozema will direct himself. Pretty crazy, right? I guess Hollywood still makes dreams come true after all.

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  • Jon Odishaw
    Im not ashamed to say I didnt really understand what I was watching but I loved every second
  • Daniel Sanchez
    I didn't get it either
    • DarthVerous
      And that's the beauty behind a 15 minute short... it's a visual concept idea... you are as independently artistic as you desire, and you tell only what you want to tell... regardless, of if your audience gets it or not. Thankfully, it was just enough to convince Hollywood... to take this 15 minute short, (that honestly, doesn't tell much) and turn it into a full-fledged two-hour feature film... that well in fact, make sense... when it's all done. I can see movie done similar to that of The Matrix, Equilibrium, District 9 and Elysium... just to start.
  • Mr Chatterbox
    Great story getting it made, but I have seen far better shorts that never had this much attention. I guess it's still a game of who you know.
  • Richie G
    The start was great, but it got super tedious fast. I made it to 5.50 before that voice over got to me
  • Scott
    Definitely needs those writers...it looks good, but just seemed to ramble on...
    • That actually my issue with a lot of these amazing shorts. Still, love the concept.
      • Norbert
        Yeah but then you end up with movies like Skyline. It also looked decent at first and then turned up to be shit.
  • SallySpider
    Pretty amazing. Lot of haters out there who can't appreciate stuff like this
  • Trey Wilson
    What I often find with these shorts is they serve more as a VFX demo reel than an actual movie. They usually always lack a good story. However, this is one that manages to combine cool visuals with a solid storyline.
    Yeah Yeah Yeah! Very cool to see one of these shorts make to the bigs! Nice.
  • grimjob
    Wow. Very intriguing world.
  • ff
    Looks great now hire a writer and make it not pretentious. I could even make it through it regardless of the FX.
  • Christian Good
    this is an FX reel. theres no story. its basic philosophy on a voice over of cool efx. i don't see how they are making a movie out of this. this "story" has been told a million times.
    • Panzerknecker
      Yeah, I was expecting something mildly clever, but there is nothing here, just an fx reel you're right. They could have ditched the voice-over and the human angle, it would have made no difference. Some cool designs though, didn't like the colouring most of the time.
    • Norbert
      The only way I see them seling this is if they have a decent script and this is just a demo reel showing they can actually make the script not look like shit.
  • SallySpider
    I do hate this piece of shit wannabe short bs. Give me Bruno, or something else by Sasha Baron.




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