Awesome Sci-Fi Short 'Leviathan' to Become Full-Length Feature: Report

Still Image from 'Leviathan'
A still from Robinson's short film "Leviathan," features a stunning rendering of a whale-like space monster that swims through clouds. (Image credit: @Ruair Robinson/Twitter)

A jaw-dropping short film featuring loating space monsters swimming through clouds on an alien planet is coming to a theatre near you: the "Leviathan" science fiction project has been greenlit to become a feature film.

Ruairi Robinson, director of "Last Days on Mars," created a three and a half minute proof of concept trailer for "Leviathan" (embedded below), which shows a crew of futuristic monster hunters tracking down a whalelike creature that swims through an ocean of clouds. While it features no speaking parts, the featurette packs an incredible amount of drama, and the special effects are on par with a major movie production.

The Leviathan -- Teaser from Ruairi Robinson on Vimeo. reports that an impressive team of people is now involved in making the trailer into a feature film. Simon Kinberg, the writer and producer of two "X-Men" movies and a creative consultant on "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," will work as a producer on the "Leviathan" movie. The director of 2015's "Chappie," Neill Blomkamp, will be an executive producer on the film, and Jim Uhls, who wrote the script for "Fight Club" and is credited in the proof of concept trailer, will write the screenplay.

The teaser trailer is prefaced with text explaining the premise of the story, which takes place in the early 22nd century, when humankind has achieved faster than light travel using an exotic material found in the eggs of the largest species ever discovered. As the short film so clearly demonstrates, hunting these eggs is a dangerous occupation, and most people who do it are "involuntary labor."

Robinson has posted some incredible concept art and sculptures of the space whales online.

The full movie likely won't be out for at least a few more years, and we'll be waiting anxiously for that date.

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Calla Cofield joined's crew in October 2014. She enjoys writing about black holes, exploding stars, ripples in space-time, science in comic books, and all the mysteries of the cosmos. Prior to joining Calla worked as a freelance writer, with her work appearing in APS News, Symmetry magazine, Scientific American, Nature News, Physics World, and others. From 2010 to 2014 she was a producer for The Physics Central Podcast. Previously, Calla worked at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City (hands down the best office building ever) and SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory in California. Calla studied physics at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and is originally from Sandy, Utah. In 2018, Calla left to join NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory media team where she oversees astronomy, physics, exoplanets and the Cold Atom Lab mission. She has been underground at three of the largest particle accelerators in the world and would really like to know what the heck dark matter is. Contact Calla via: E-Mail – Twitter