Sci-Fi Short Film 'Rise' Getting Feature Adaptation (Exclusive)
Rise, a sci-fi short film directed by David Karlak, will be adapted into a feature produced by Filmula's Johnny Lin and Cross Creek's Brian Oliver.
The producers picked up the feature film rights from Warner Bros. Karlak's short is about a dystopian future where man's attempt to create artificial intelligence has spun wildly out of control, leading to a war between man and machine. Anton Yelchin starred in the short, which was based on a screenplay Karlak penned with writers Marcus Dunstan and Patrick Melton (the Saw series).
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Karlak will direct the feature adaptation as well.
Lin, who is an executive producer on the upcoming Tom Cruise-starrer American Made, and Oliver, who produced Hacksaw Ridge and Black Swan, among others, will fully finance and produce the film, and are planning Rise as a driver for a film franchise. Roy Lee at Vertigo also is producing with Trevor Engelson of Underground.
"Brian and I are extremely excited to have an opportunity to build a film franchise based on David Karlak’s wildly popular short," said Lin. "I hope this is the start to a long-lasting financing and producing relationship."
Karlak, who is repped by Underground and Bloom Hergott, previously sold a pitch to Fox called Outliers. Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan are writing the supernatural action pic, with Karlak attached to direct.
Watch the short film here.
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