Warner Bros. Picks Up Sci-Fi Short TRUE SKIN for Feature Film; HARRY POTTER’s David Heyman to Produce

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Last week we shared a new sci-fi short film called True Skin that got the internets all aflutter.  We reported at the time that director Stephan Zlotescu was set to take meetings at production companies and studios in order to adapt the short into a feature film, and boy did he find a home for the project.  Merely a week after the film went online, Warner Bros. has now acquired the short and plans to expand it into a feature film with Zlotescu at the helm.  Moreover, David Heyman—the producer behind the Harry Potter franchise—has come aboard to produce alongside the short’s producer Chris Sewall, who will be a co-producer.  Heyman’s no stranger to sci-fi, as he’s also producing Alfonso Cuaron’s highly anticipated sci-fi drama Gravity.

Hit the jump for more on the short, including how Warner Bros. plans to expand the story into a feature.

true-skinThe story for True Skin takes place in a not-too-distant future where humans regularly augment their bodies with robotic parts.  Augmentation is too expensive in the U.S., so our hero heads to the black market in Bangkok where he comes into possession of a mysterious chip that starts turning him robotic and makes him the target of some nefarious forces.

Per Heat Vision, Warner Bros. plans to incorporate the central conceit of the short as it “thrusts the hero into a race against time to elude his pursuers and save what’s left of his humanity.”  The idea is to maintain the sci-fi scope on a budget similar to that of Fox’s hit Chronicle.  Zlotescu’s background in visual effects served him well in making an impressive short on a tight budget, and he crafted the film with the express purpose of showcasing his ideas for how the story could work as a feature film.

This process is becoming more and more common as YouTube and the expanding availability of low-cost filmmaking tools is making it easier for aspiring filmmakers to display their work.  Zlotescu’s is just one of many recent success stories that have come out of the short film world.  Watch Stephan Zlotsecu’s full short True Skin below.




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  • DogmanBoyDude

    I wasn’t a fan of the Into The Void rainbow land cybernetics, it pretty much destroys this short for me. The general cyborg concepts are nothing new, so the visuals were really distracting.

    • Bruce Harrington

      Agreed. Kind of surprised people are still harping on cybernetics when science is pushing forward with nano tech. Neon colors aren’t attractive in modern sci fi either.

    • DogmanBoyDude

      Opps… I meant Enter the Void… arrgg =P

  • tim

    some nice tracking, but shame about the awful typography. Bit of a one trick pony.

  • Jeffrey

    I felt like this guy just took a trip to Thailand, filmed a bunch of people on the streets of the red light district,than got really stoned or drunk and then decided…hey I could use my skills as a cgi artist to turn all these beautiful images of Thailand into stock footage from the set of A.I. and here’s how I will do it. I wish he had at least tried to get a real actor instead of using himself. Another case of a CGI animator/wanna be story teller. This has and always will prove how about eye candy Hollywood is and not story telling.

    Jeffrey
    http://www.mediocrityisthenewgenius.com

  • Jeffrey

    I felt like this guy just took a trip to Thailand, filmed a bunch of people on the streets of the red light district,than got really stoned or drunk and then decided…hey I could use my skills as a cgi artist to turn all these beautiful images of Thailand into stock footage from the set of A.I. and here\’s how I will do it. I wish he had at least tried to get a real actor instead of using himself. Another case of a CGI animator/wanna be story teller. This has and always will prove how about eye candy Hollywood is and not story telling.

    Jeffrey
    http://www.mediocrityisthenewgenius.com

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