The Gift

Yesterday we posted a short film by Carl Erik Rinsch‘s called The Gift, a futuristic action thriller which involves a robotic manservant on the run from the Russian police.Our headline contained the words “Watch This Now”, but I know some of you probably didn’t. Well here is your second chance – click here. In my posting yesterday I commented that “I really wish we could see more of this world, and I’m excited to see what Rinsch might be able to do with a feature project.” It looks like we might get to see both…

Sources tell HeatVision that the release of the short film has spawned a bidding war between several big Hollywood movie studios, including Warner Bros and Fox. Everyone wants to turn the short film into a feature. The site speculates that a feature film adaptation of the short will probably end up at 20th Century Fox because of Ridley Scott’s longtime association with Fox (Rinsch is not only Ridley Scott‘s protege, but also a commercial director for Scott’s company RSA). But one must also remember that Rinsch is currently developing a remake of Creature From The Black Lagoon and is in preproduction on an epic period samurai film titled 47 Ronin to star Keanu Reeves, both for Universal. So I also wouldn’t be surprised if the project ended up at Universal.

I’m working to find out more about this potential feature…

You might recognize Rinsch’s name as he was originally tapped to direct a prequel/remake of Alien, but Fox convinced/pushed Ridley Scott to helm the project himself. I was one of the few people actually interested in Rinsch’s involvement. Rinsch’s commercials show an amazing sense of imagination, visual effects artistry and composition. We’ve profiled his amazing commercials on the site, more than once. If you havent checked his television spots out yet, you should do after watching this short film.

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