Correction: we initially reported that Arrowhead: Signal was going to be an ongoing TV series. It will instead become a TV movie on Australia’s SF network.
Loyal GFR readers may recall last October when we ran a story about Arrowhead: Signal, the above science fiction short film that was aiming to become a full-length feature film. Written and directed by Jesse O’Brien, Arrowhead: Signal is a 10-minute, dialogue-free story about Kye, a mercenary stranded alone on a desert moon. It’s a simple tale that hints at the loneliness and monotony of Kye’s plight, and which features some great visuals and CGI work to render the other planets/moons looming on the horizon.
At the time we covered it, O’Brien was using the Australian crowdfunding service Pozible to try and raise money for a full-length feature version. Now it is indeed making the transition to feature length, set to air on the Australian sci-fi channel SF sometime in 2014. There’s no word when/if Arrowhead might air outside of the Land Down Under, but the CNet Australia story suggests it will later broadcast elsewhere. Given the success of imported shows such as Continuum, it wouldn’t surprise me at all if Arrowhead shows up on Syfy’s schedule here in the States at some point.
While the original short is well done, there’s not a whole lot of story in it, beyond Kye’s ongoing attempts to find someone to get him off the rock he finds himself stranded on. Thankfully, the short was only representative of a small section of the story, making it more of a visual proof-of-concept than anything else. Here’s the official synopsis of what we’ll see in the film:
Arrowhead is a tale of survival set amongst the distant stars. Kye is a prisoner of war caught between two armies that he doesn’t believe in. When offered an opportunity for freedom, Kye sets out on one last rescue mission, only to become stranded on a desert moon when his ship — the Arrowhead — crash lands. Kye has to learn to survive when we discovers a new life form that will challenge his very body and soul.
The TV movie is also set to film in the deserts of Australia, so we’ll likely be seeing plenty more of the desolate landscape showcased in the short film. We’ll keep you posted about Arrowhead: Signal as the show develops. In the meantime, here’s a short featurette about the making of the film.