Universal Pictures has acquired the remake rights to writer/director Matt Osterman’s debut feature Phasma Ex Machina (a.k.a. Ghost from the Machine). Gary Shore will direct the remake, based on a pitch entitled Our House, for the studio with Nathan Parker attached to pen the script. Phasma Ex Machina premiered last July at the Fantasia Film Festival in Canada and received positive reception both there and during subsequent screenings. The film centers on a young man who is forced to raise his little brother following the untimely death of their parents. As the story goes, he invents a machine that allows him the ability to travel between realms of life and death at a great cost to both himself and those around him.
As for Shore, Deadline reports that the director landed the remake gig following on the heels of his short film Cup of Tears which he and Parker are already developing into a feature-length project at Universal. Per the report, the plan is for Shore to direct Our House, Cup of Tears, and an adaptation of the James Patterson book series Maximum Ride for the studio. To learn more about Phasma Ex Machina/Our House and Shore’s Cup of Tears, hit the jump for trailers from each.
Here’s a trailer for writer/director Matt Osterman’s original Phasma Ex Machina:
Here’s a trailer Shore’s short film Cup of Tears:
Honestly, I wasn’t familiar with either project prior to researching this article. That said, after watching the above excerpts from both, I’m interested to see how/if Shore utilizes the ultra-stylized approach on display in Cup of Tears when remaking Phasma Ex Machina. Purely aesthetically speaking, I get a Primer-esque feeling from Phasma and a Zack Snyder-esque feeling from Tears. Whether or not those two will collide in the remake is something I’ll be waiting to scope out.