Wes Ball to Adapt His Post-Apocalyptic Animated Short RUIN for Live-Action Feature; Fox Sees Franchise Potential

     July 19, 2012

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Fox liked what they saw in Wes Ball’s animated short, Ruin—enough to pre-emptively buy the movie rights before Ball could meet with other studios.  According to Heat Vision, the studio even sees “franchise potential” with Ruin.  The plan is for Ball to direct a live-action adaptation based on a script he will co-write with T.S. Nowlin, working under the supervision of producers McG and Lucasfilm’s Steve Tzirlin.  This will be Ball’s feature directorial debut after a career in graphic work on Blu-ray and DVD featurettes, including Star Trek.

Ball and Nowlin have plenty of freedom to develop a story, since the short is dialogue-free and the plot revolves entirely  around a big chase scene.  Said chase scene is thrilling, and the design of the ruined world is inviting, so the short is worth a watch after the jump.

The video description reads:

RUIN – An animated short set in a post-apocalyptic universe. It’s an introduction to a much larger project in the works.

A much larger project indeed.

I really like the stretch where they go through the tunnel.  That looks great.

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  • Austin

    Holy ****!!!!!! This looks freaking amazing! Can’t wait to see what they come up with!

  • Austin

    Holy ****!!!!!! This looks freaking amazing! Can\’t wait to see what they come up with!

  • Jan Sulu

    Amazingly done on micro budget

  • Brett

    Dang I had forgotten about this little gem. Awesome to see great work rewarded. Would love to see this turn into something successful.

  • dyvi

    The Fox people are not stupid.
    This may be the best short ever made.

  • !_!

    the last of us meets district 9

  • Vengeance

    Beautiful, i can’t wait to see more of this!

  • Tim

    wow. incredible. glad it’s getting picked up; can’t wait to see more.

  • Greg

    Looks good. Just be careful with Fox…they’ll drop you like a ton of bricks if the show has a “loyal following”, which is not enough of an audience to keep the show running in their eyes. Or if it gets too expensive. They’ve done it before: Terminator SCC, Firefly, Dollhouse to name a few. They’ll purposefully move the show to friday night when they know a lot of people won’t be watching it. Sci-Fi shows in general tend to not last very long on Fox anymore.

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