A few years ago, a short film made by Neill Blompkamp took the Internet by storm. Alive In Joburg was an innovative small production that caught the eye of Peter Jackson, which led to Blompkamp eventually making District 9 for Sony. Today, director/producer McG has acquired the rights to produce a live-action film adaptation of Visual Effects Artist Wes Ball’s animated short film, Ruin for 20th Century Fox. Could Ruin be the next District 9?
McG will produce the upcoming project with Steve Tzirlin, an executive at Lucasfilms who was in charge of the story development for Star Wars: The Clone Wars. They will be bringing on Wes Ball to direct the film, making it his feature film directorial debut. Fox sees Ruin being a future franchise for the studio.
The 8-and-a-half minute short film is thrilling. Ruin takes place in a post-apocalyptic world where it appears humanity is all but extinct. The Earth is over-grown; grass and trees have grown over buildings, streets and highways. A majority of the short film is a fantastic chase scene with a masked man on a motorcycle being chased by a futuristic hover-copter and two smaller tracking pods. The masked man also seems to have some sort of electric current stitched into his skin because he can control electronic devices by just touching them. The score by Kevin Riepl is one of the big standouts in this short film. It feels extremely big and cinematic.
Ball was a Student Academy Award Winner in 2003 for his short film A Work in Progress. He has worked in Hollywood for 8 years doing graphic work for HBO and on various DVD/Blu-ray featurettes.