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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Reader Feedback - 17 Comments


Im not ashamed to say I didnt really understand what I was watching but I loved every second

Jon Odishaw on Mar 27, 2015


I didn't get it either

Daniel Sanchez on Mar 27, 2015


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.

DarthVerous on Mar 27, 2015


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.

Mr Chatterbox on Mar 27, 2015


The start was great, but it got super tedious fast. I made it to 5.50 before that voice over got to me

Richie G on Mar 27, 2015


Definitely needs those writers...it looks good, but just seemed to ramble on...

Scott on Mar 27, 2015


That actually my issue with a lot of these amazing shorts. Still, love the concept.

Sascha Dikiciyan on Mar 27, 2015


Yeah but then you end up with movies like Skyline. It also looked decent at first and then turned up to be shit.

Norbert on Mar 30, 2015


Pretty amazing. Lot of haters out there who can't appreciate stuff like this

SallySpider on Mar 27, 2015


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.

Trey Wilson on Mar 27, 2015


Yeah Yeah Yeah! Very cool to see one of these shorts make to the bigs! Nice.

DAVIDPD on Mar 27, 2015


Wow. Very intriguing world.

grimjob on Mar 27, 2015


Looks great now hire a writer and make it not pretentious. I could even make it through it regardless of the FX.

ff on Mar 28, 2015


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.

Christian Good on Mar 29, 2015


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.

Panzerknecker on Mar 30, 2015


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.

Norbert on Mar 30, 2015


I do hate this piece of shit wannabe short bs. Give me Bruno, or something else by Sasha Baron.

SallySpider on Apr 24, 2015

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