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