Beautiful sci-fi short lands its director a big-budget movie deal

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Jul 4, 2015, 6:04 PM EDT

The Internet is teeming with would-be filmmakers who think they've created the next big thing on their laptop. But every now and again, a singular vision makes itself known—and the creator of the post-apocalyptic Rosa has hit the jackpot.

As described by the Spanish comic book artist who wrote, produced and directed this haunting vision of an artificial life after tomorrow, Jesus Orellana:

"Rosa is an epic sci-fi short film that takes place in a post-apocalyptic world where all natural life has disappeared. From the destruction awakes Rosa, a cyborg deployed from the Kernel project, mankind's last attempt to restore the earth's ecosystem. Rosa will soon learn that she is not the only entity that has awakened and must fight for her survival."

Fox was impressed enough by Rosa to nab the rights for a feature film, with Sherlock Holmes' Simon Kinberg producing and Orellana himself directing. And it's easy to see why: There's an integrity and cohesiveness of style at work that elevates Rosa above its obvious influences.

(via SFX)