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 feature 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, impressive 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.”