Universal Takes Phasma Ex Machina


Universal Pictures has plans to remake the independent feature Phasma ex Machina, Deadline reports. They’ve brought aboard Nathan Parker to draft the script and Gary Shore to direct the film.

A supernatural thriller, the original film (retitled from and literally translating to “Ghost From the Machine”) was directed by Matt Osterman and told the story of a man who, after the death of his parents, builds a machine to attempt communication with the spirit world.

Shore, best known as a commercials director, is already working with both Universal and Parker on The Cup of Tears, a feature based on his own short film. The original article notes that, in addition to these two features, Shore is also potentially in line for a big screen adaptation of the James Patterson novel Maximum Ride. Of the three projects, Machina is likely to arrive first.