EXCLUSIVE: X-Men writer and producer Simon Kinberg has come on board Irish filmmaker Ruairi Robinson’s white hot sci-fi project The Leviathan as producer. Neill Blomkamp (Chappie) will also join the formidable creative team as exec producer. Jim Uhls (Fight Club) is penning the sceeenplay. Robinson’s 3-1/2 minute proof of concept video for The Leviathan has been an online sensation since its debut less than a week ago, notching 1.2 million plays on Vimeo and hundreds of thousands of views on YouTube.
Kinberg, who also serves as creative consultant on Star Wars: The Force Awakens, certainly has the sci-fi chops to take Robinson’s project all the way. A slew of big name producers had been lining up to meet with Robinson to pitch for the project but were blown out of the water once Kinberg moved decisively. Kinberg’s first-look deal with Fox also gives Robinson potential studio backing should they decide to move forward. In the event of Fox passing, however, there will likely be no shortage of takers for the high concept story set in the early 22nd century. Mankind has colonized many worlds in a time when travel faster than the speed of light has been made possible by the harvesting of exotic matter from the eggs of the largest species mankind has ever seen. Those who take part in the hunt for the matter are mostly involuntary labor.
Robinson, who previously made The Last Days On Mars, is repped by 42 and WME. Kinberg is coming off of Disney’s successful re-launch of Cinderella, with $200 million worldwide and counting, and has Ridley Scott-Matt Damon collabo The Martian as well as the latest re-boot of Fantastic Four in the pipelines.
You can check out the impressive video here, which was funded by the Irish Film Board.