Behold the power of the internet. Producer/writer Simon Kinberg (X-Men, Cinderella) director/writer Neill Blomkamp (Chappie, District 9) have joined Academy Award-nominated director Ruairí Robinson‘s epic sci-fi project The Leviathan. From a script by Jim Uhls (Fight Club), the film is set in the early 22nd century, when mankind has colonized many worlds with the help of faster-than-light travel – a feat made possible by harvesting the “exotic matter” from the eggs of an enormous whale-like alien creature. Given the dangers of the work, those who hunt for the matter are forced into involuntary labor. The story has been called “Moby Dick in space” more than a couple times.
Robinson‘s stunning proof-of-concept trailer for The Leviathan met huge success when it hit Vimeo and YouTube last week, gaining nearly 2 million views – an impressive feat for a project with no recognizable IP or name talent. According to Deadline, the instant popularity of The Leviathan trailer caught the attention of both Blomkamp and Kinberg, who are now on board to produce a feature-length version of the ambitious project. The pair previously worked together on Blomkamp’s features Chappie and Elysium.
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.
Watch the full trailer for The Leviathan below.
It’s always thrilling to me when the collective force of the internet highlights an impressive talent or project, and then helps that project to become a reality. With a single gorgeous 3-minute trailer, Robinson has created a visually stunning and intriguing world that offers up a bounty of story possibilities. Kinberg and Blomkamp are an excellent fit for the material – both have a background in visual effects, and with Kinberg’s work on X-Men and Blomkamp at the helm of the Alien franchise, they both have the experience to handle this kind of massive sci-fi project. They also have connections that can get some seriously impressive talent on board the project. I’m definitely excited to see where this one goes.
What do you think? Did you like the proof-of-concept trailer? Will The Leviathan make for a good feature length film? Sound off below.