Not even a week ago, we mentioned an awesome concept pitch from an Irish filmmaker called The Leviathan that had gone viral. Yesterday, two very familiar Hollywood names, both with serious sci-fi bona fides, have confirmed attachment to the project.
Joining the producing ranks is Simon Kinberg, who has a toe dipped in both the X-Men and Star Wars franchises, amongst many other properties. He’s joined by Neill Blomkamp, who introduced himself with 2009’s District 9, and just released Chappie this month. Kinberg is consulting on the new Star Wars movies, and Blomkamp has signed on to tackle a new installment of the Alien franchise, so Leviathan creator Ruairí (for us Americans, that’s pronounced Rory) Robinson would be hard-pressed to find two better people to bounce ideas off of when it comes to interstellar content.
The 3-minute short really is worth every bit of the hype it’s receiving. The title seems to refer to the large creatures which are being hunted & harvested for a biological fuel that provides our future civilization the necessity of light-speed travel. You can get a sense of the scope below:
It’s safe to bet that once the producing roster has been filled, Robinson will have the funding to make this already good looking concept into a spectacular visual treat. The creatures, which I’m going to just call leviathans, remind me a bit of the Star Whales from Doctor Who’s (current run) 5th season. Leviathans aren’t nearly large enough to house an entire country’s population, but they are described as being the largest species discovered by man in this movie’s universe. As big monster movies go, methinks a giant, flying, omnivorous, agile, whale-serpent will make for a pretty compelling watch.
Ruairí Robinson has previously directed The Last Days On Mars starring Liev Schreiber (Ray Donovan, Salt) and Romola Garai (BBC’s The Hour, Emma.) He can be found on Twitter.
IMAGES: Courtesy Ruairí Robinson