20th Century Fox Picks Up Sci-Fi Project The Leviathan

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Last week, a proof of concept trailer for a sci-fi film named The Leviathan began to make the rounds, and now Variety reports that 20th Century Fox has picked up the project to become a feature film.

Simon Kinberg (X-Men: Days of Future Past, “Star Wars Rebels”) is on board to produce the film along with Neill Blomkamp (with whom Kinberg produced Elysium and Chappie) as executive producer. Ruairi Robinson will direct from a script by Jim Uhls (Fight Club).

Here’s a synopsis for the film, which takes cues from literary sources such as “Moby Dick” and “Dune”: “By the early 22nd century mankind had colonized many worlds. Faster than light travelwas 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.”

Robinson, perhaps best known as the first director attached to Warner Bros.’ live-action Akira remake back in 2007, used assistance from Irish Film Board/Bord Scannán na hÉireann to complete this tease of what he and Uhls’ envisioned for The Leviathan. He has also shared on Twitter concept art (see above) by Jim Murray from a creature design by Jordu Schell, one of the principal designers of the Na’vi for Avatar.

Check out the original proof of concept trailer below!