Neill Blomkamp and Simon Kinberg developing acclaimed sci-fi short The Leviathan for big screen

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Mar 23, 2015, 2:49 PM EDT (Updated)

In the wake of the giant geek wave made by the release of that fantastic proof-of-concept teaser for The Leviathan, X-Men writer and producer Simon Kinberg and Alien 5’s Neill Blomkamp have come on board filmmaker Ruairi Robinson’s awesome project, with Blomkamp set to executive-produce. Since last week, The Leviathan has been viewed more than 1.2 million times on Vimeo and has gotten hit a few hundreds of thousand times more on YouTube. Basically, it's a big hit with sci-fi and movie fans.

So we shouldn't be all that surprised to hear Deadline report that a lot of big-name producers had lined up to meet with Robinson in order to pitch for the project, but once Kinberg — who's also busy serving as creative consultant on Star Wars: The Force Awakens — got into the picture, he apparently knocked the socks off Robinson. It’s not a green light yet, but it’s definitely a step in the right direction. And Kinberg’s first-look deal with Fox also offers Robinson a possible studio backing for his project. If Fox were to insanely pass on this, there'd probably be no shortage of Hollywood studios ready to knock on Robinson’s door. Here's a short 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.

And in case you missed it last week, have a look:

What do you think about Simon Kinberg and Neill Blomkamp now backing Ruairi Robinson’s The Leviathan? Do you believe there’s hope to see this on the big screen sooner rather than later?

(via Deadline)