Wes Ball's Animated Sci-Fi Short 'Ruin' Picked Up By Fox for Feature

July 20, 2012
Source: THR

Wes Ball's Ruin

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?

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As long as they cast somebody who is really tall and borderline anorexic. Seriously what's up with making the protagonist a stick figure?

fatguylivinginmomsbasement on Jul 20, 2012


post-apocalyptic = not a lot of food.

JohnIGottschalk on Jul 20, 2012


lol. Maybe,but I think it's more about the stereotype of skiny tall people being cool and sexy. They go for that or the other extreme.Really over the top bulked up dudes with disproportionally large shoulders and arms,with no necks and very wide jaws.

anotherfatguy on Jul 20, 2012


Aw but chinless roid abusers are so cuddly.

Carpola on Jul 20, 2012


So, they can't be tall, thin, or have muscles. So you want the lead character in an action flick to be a short fat dude? I think my suspension of disbelief might be broken if he has to run for 30 seconds.

JohnIGottschalk on Jul 21, 2012


He also has to wear thick glasses. I want George Costanza.

anotherfatguy on Jul 21, 2012


I think the character was based on a modern anime figure type, a cartoon character, it wasn't real.

Carpola on Jul 20, 2012


amazingly done!

Jack Brohm on Jul 20, 2012


Live action will be disappointing. Make it an animated feature and keep this guys beautiful animation skills.

Troy Ollis on Jul 21, 2012


Am I the only one that noticed that this "short animation" was a hollywood bait all along? Cmon, we've seen itnefore , just make a cool short animation hinting at a bigger story and wait for starved for ideas hollywood assholes to pick it up.

No one on Jul 21, 2012


There's nothing wrong with striving for success. What I find "problematic" is that there is actually nothing truly original hinted in the premise of this short,which makes me think that a full lenght live action feature won't be anything we haven't seen before. I think it would be better if they make it an animated feature,since the animation is what makes it great.Story is basicaly Terminator 4 .

hasopinions on Jul 22, 2012


I wish I could make a short that Hollywood asshats would pick up. Isn't that the idea? That producers have no imagination, but have money so they pay film-makers to get their ideas and make some money back? To me, at least, the film was a portfolio piece, the story itself was pretty bad, but I did like how it looked.

Carpola on Jul 22, 2012



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