Less than a week after sci-fi short True Skin hit the web, Warner Bros. has preemptively swiped it off the table, picking it up for Harry Potter’s David Heyman to produce.
Heyman will produce via his Warners-based Heyday Films along with Scott Glassgold and Raymond Brothers of IAM Entertainment. Heyday president Jeffrey Clifford will exec produce.
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Stephan Zlotescu, who directed the short, is attached to direct the feature version, while short producer Chris Sewall will be a co-producer. The deal was made Tuesday night.
Zlotescu is an FX guru who’s worked on videos for Kanye West, Lady Gaga and Nikki Minaj but harbored feature dreams. With his FX background, he made the short on a shoestring budget, hoping to use it as a showcase for his style and ideas.
It seems to have done the trick, and now the studio hopes to make a project that has an underlying big concept but on budget similar to found footage sci-fi hit Chronicle.
The short is set in the not-too-distant future where everyone is augmenting their bodies. The story’s hero can't afford to augment in the U.S., so he heads to the black market of Bangkok where he gets a hold of a mysterious chip that he discovers is slowly turning him robotic -- and is a hot commodity wanted by shadowy forces.
The feature will incorporate that aspect as it thrusts the hero in a race against time to elude his pursuers and save what's left of his humanity.
Zlotescu, Sewell and a man by the name of H1, who acted cinematographer and may also receive a producing credit, are a video team calling themselves N1ON. They are repped by IAM and attorney David Fox of Myman Greenspan.
IAM, quickly becoming a go-to outfit for those looking to take their shorts into the movie world, is also producing Fox’s adaptation of Jesus Orellan’s short Rosa.
Heyman, post-Potter, has kept busy with projects big and small. He is a producer on Gravity, a sci-fi drama from Alfonso Cuaron that stars Sandra Bullock, and is an exec producer on the recently wrapped New Line comedy We’re the Millers.