Anton Yelchin's sci-fi short Rise is getting a feature adaptation

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Mar 7, 2017

"We have feelings. We have emotions."

Before he sadly passed away last year, Star Trek Beyond's Anton Yelchin starred in a sci-fi short film called Rise, directed by visual effects artist David Karlak (The Collector). The five-minute proof-of-concept film (included below) also stars Rufus Sewell and takes place in a dystopian near-future (2043, to be exact) where "man's attempt to create artificial intelligence has spun wildly out of control, leading to a war between man and machine." (Hmm ... shades of I, Robot and The Terminator, anyone?

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Rise will now be adapted for the big screen with hopes of developing the sci-fi film into a franchise. It will be produced by Filmula's Johnny Lin and Cross Creek's Brian Oliver, who picked up the feature rights from Warner Bros. Karlak -- who is also set to helm a supernatural action movie titled Outliers for Fox -- has been tapped to direct.

Rise will be financed by Lin (who is executive producing Tom Cruise's American Made) and Oliver, who produced Hacksaw Ridge and Black Swan. Here’s what Lin said about bringing Rise to the big screen:

"Brian and I are extremely excited to have an opportunity to build a film franchise based on David Karlak's wildly popular short. I hope this is the start to a long-lasting financing and producing relationship."

Although I'm really excited to see Rise heading to the big screen, I can't help but feeling super sad that Anton Yelchin won't be there to see the project through. I can only hope that the feature will live up to his excellent work in the short. Check it out below, and let us know what you think in the comments.

(via THR, Geek Tyrant)