SF Short Vessel Becoming A Full-Length Feature

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Anybody who follows the development of films and television knows that Hollywood is often petrified by the prospect of original stories. Even if it’s not a sequel, prequel, reboot, reimagining, or shot-for-shot remake starring Vince Vaughn for some reason, a project is a lot more likely to take off if it’s based on some sort of pre-existing content. Books, comics, games, even magazine articles can help calm the jittery studio execs, since that means the property at least has a fan base of some sort. Case in point: Paramount thinks Vessel, a Kickstarter short film in the vein of The Thing or Alien, deserves a shot at the big screen.

Clark Baker directed the 14-minute short from a script by Matt and Ross Duffer. Screenwriter Stephen Susco (The Grudge) is penning the feature adaptation. The setup for Vessel is a spin on the “trapped in a confined space with a monster” idea we’ve seen a thousand times before, this time aboard a passenger airliner that collides with another ship. You’d think the movie would then end with screaming and fire and terrified people plummeting thousands of feet to their death, but apparently not. Instead, the passengers find themselves fighting for their lives against an “otherworldly force.”

In many ways, Vessel is emblematic of the ways the internet is changing media across the board. Kickstarter provides not only a proof of concept for a larger project, it brings with it a group of fans who believed enough in the project to donate their own hard-earned cash, and I’m sure that would make any studio head’s mouth water.

You can check out the original Vessel short film below.


  1. JessSayin says:

    CGI tentacles, how original. The rest looked pretty good, except for the missing hole trauma to the forehead.
    Bigger budget, better effects house, better camera work, scarier music and they could have stretched this into a half decent straight-to-DVD horror film.

    • Bnicefrikkas says:

      It’s short film someone made becoming something bigger and better. Get you shit covered dick outta your own asshole

      • JessSayin says:

        First, learn to spell.
        Second, I think I just made the bigger and better film analogy in my comment.
        (On second thought, learn to read FIRST.)

      • Ocrisia says:

        not just someone, Clive Barker. You know, the guy who did Hellraiser And wrote dread and the books of blood? Hopefully this will be awesome too. Everything else he’s done has been.

        • Apollo says:

          It would have been awesome had it actually been Clive Barker. But if you read carefully… it’s actually Clark Baker.

          • Ocrisia says:

            Wow, I feel silly now lol. I guess I should pay more attention when I read. It still looks good to me though.