Fox Turning Animated Sci-Fi Short Rosa Into Live-Action Movie

By David Wharton | Updated

Spanish comic-book artist Jesus Orellana just hit the jackpot. Back in the second week of November, Orellana posted an animated short film he created called Rosa. Created on Orellana’s home computer for a miniscule budget, Rosa was the artist’s proof-of-concept for a live-action film he dreamed of directing himself. It’s the sort of thing that happens every day, with aspiring filmmakers and animators and comedians hoping that their latest creation will hit at just the right time, catch just the right set of eyes, to get them the attention that could change their lives. For Orellana, that’s precisely what happened. THR’s Heat Vision blog reports that 20th Century Fox is in negotiations to grab the movie rights for Rosa…and they’re even letting Orellana direct.

Rosa takes place in a future world where some environmental apocalypse has wiped out life across the planet. Rose is a cyborg that was created in an attempt to help repair Earth’s crumbling ecosystem. She wakes up in the wasteland – apparently she hit the snooze alarm – and begins trying to figure out what’s going on. Unfortunately, Rosa isn’t the only thing that has been recently awakened, and she soon finds herself in danger. Here’s the original Rosa short film:

ROSA from Jesús Orellana on Vimeo.

It’s easy to see why Rosa caught Hollywood’s attention. It’s got a distinctive visual look, some well-choreographed action, and a clever premise that has the potential to be expanded into something really cool. That’s just what will happen next. Rosa’s producers, including genre veteran Simon Kinberg (X-Men: First Class) will be looking to hire a screenwriter to flesh out the concept into a full script.