If you're a Hollywood studio tasked with giving hundreds of millions of dollars to a production company, which one would you choose? Would you choose the company with the bearded director and the storyboards, or would you choose the company with the bearded director and the slick proof-of-concept movie? If you're the makers of The Leviathan, you'll be hoping for the latter.
The Leviathan is the latest in an admittedly short list of proof-of-concept films, made to highlight the filmmaker's vision and technique. Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow, 300, Sin City, District 9 and Deadpool all started out as proof-of-concept short films. And although a proof-of-concept film does not guarantee a green light, it's a great deal more attention-getting than a static storyboard.
According to ComingSoon,
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 screenwriter Jim Uhls (Fight Club, Jumper) envision for The Leviathan.
And the plot?
“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.”
The short, below, is quite spectacular-looking. But whether The Leviathan can make it as a full-length feature remains to be seen -- and produced. However, its camerawork and its large, kaiju-like creature remind us of the most recent and decent Godzilla ... which made $528 million.