Sony Pictures has picked up the rights to The Flying Man, a short film written and directed by animator and visual effects artist Marcus Alqueres, with the intent to adapting it into a full-length feature.
At the same time, the studio has entered into a first-look deal with Scott Glassgold, who is attached to produce the big-screen take and who has made a career of discovering these kinds of shorts and developing and setting them up as film projects. Glassgold, who was previously with IAM Entertainment, will produce via his newly formed management and production company, Ground Control.
For Flying Man, Glassgold and Alqueres leveraged the short’s buzz to package the film project to include a spec script by Chris Collins, who worked as a writer on The Wire, Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Sons of Anarchy. The film deal includes both the rights to the short and the script.
The short, which tells of a vigilante superhero enacting justice seen through the eyes of a man about to commit a crime, gained huge industry attention upon its release in late 2013 and was viewed over 7 million times on the internet.
Brazil-based Alqueres, who directed, produced and edited the short, relied on his years of production and visual effects work on special effects spectacles such as 300, Source Code, Rise of the Planet of the Apes and The Adventures of Tintin. He also directs commercials for Fernando Meirelles‘ 02 Filmes, one of the country’s biggest production houses.
Glassgold previously set up shorts True Skin at Warner Bros, Rosa at Fox and Beyond at Universal. The first-look deal calls for the producer to target and bring these types of shorts to Sony.
Raymond Brothers of IAM Entertainment is also producing Flying Man. Collins will act as executive producer.
Sony’s Daniel Kagan is overseeing.
Alqueres is repped by UTA, Ground Control and Myman Greenspan. Collins is repped by UTA and McKuin Frankel.