Shortly after unveiling a proof of concept video, Simon Kinberg and Neill Blomkamp signed up to join Irish filmmaker Ruairi Robinson for his upcoming sci-fi feature, The Leviathan, and now, merely four days later, the film has a major studio backing it as well. As reported by Variety, 20th Century Fox just snatched up Robinson’s pitch.
The story is set in the 22nd century when traveling faster than the speed of light is made possible by harvesting the exotic matter in the eggs of these absolutely enormous whale-like creatures. Thanks to the practice, mankind has been able to colonize many worlds, but it comes at a cost because those who track down these creatures are being forced into involuntary labor.
Robinson is attached to direct the film with Jim Uhls (Fight Club, Jumper) penning the script. Blomkamp is on board as an executive producer and Kinberg will produce. If what they wind up with is anything like that insanely impressive proof of concept video, The Leviathan will be a great get for Fox. If Robinson and Uhls were able to put together something this impressive on their own, just imagine what they can do with a studio-sized budget.
In case you missed it, watch the full trailer for The Leviathan below:
Here’s the synopsis for The Leviathan:
By the early 22nd century mankind had colonized many worlds. Faster than light travel was made possible by harvesting exotic matter from the eggs of the largest species mankind has ever seen. Those that take part in the hunt are mostly involuntary labor.