LeviathanMankind 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.

The Leviathan broke the internet just last week, but already it’s attracted some power hitters to the production team. Neill Blomkamp, wunderkind writer/director of District 9, and producer of Elysium and Chappie, has stepped forward to offer his services as executive producer, and Simon Kinberg (X-Men: Days of Future Past, Cinderella, Star Wars Rebels) has come on board to produce. This is after only a week of the release of The Leviathan‘s sizzle reel by directorial hopeful Ruairí Robinson.

It’s a proven fact that sizzle reels work. So many films the geekosphere has come to love started as short segments of films made to get investors and distributors interested in fronting the rest of the money for a new project. The quirky post-apocalyptic film 9, the retro-futuristic Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow leap to mind. And in a way, so does Neill Blomkamp’s District 9, which started out as a six minute short film by Blomkamp (Alive in Joburg). This is a technique near and dear to Blomkamp’s heart, and we can imagine the enthusiasm he must have felt when he saw what Robinson had accomplished.

Producers had been lining up to meet with Robinson to talk to him about helming the picture, but when Kinberg made his move it was apparently all over. Kinberg.  Kinberg’s first-look deal with Fox also gives Robinson potential studio backing should they decide to move forward. If Fox passes on it – no, we can’t imagine it either, but if they do – the other studios will likely be standing in line.

Robinson, who previously made The Last Days On Mars, is represented by 42 and WME.  Kinberg is coming off of Disney’s successful re-launch of Cinderella, with $200 million worldwide and counting, and has a Ridley Scott/Matt Damon collaboration The Martian as well as the latest re-boot of Fantastic Four in the pipelines.

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