Anton Yelchin Short Rise, Which Was Written by Marcus Dunstan and Patrick Melton, Getting Feature-Length Treatment

It’s still very sad to think that Anton Yelchin isn’t with us anymore. His tragic passing in June of last year stunned the entire film community, from those who followed his career early on to those who appreciated him in later films, such as the Star Trek reboots, Odd Thomas, Charlie Bartlett, or last year’s fantastic Green Room. He was clearly a fan of genre films and he gave phenomenal performances in everything he was a part of.

One of his last roles was in the David Karlak-directed short film Rise, which saw him star opposite Rufus Sewell (Dark City). Written by Marcus Dunstan and Patrick Melton (The Collector, The Collection, Saw IV, V, VI, and VII), the short saw Yelchin in the role of a cyborg that is being questioned by Sewell. It then reveals that there is a brewing battle between humans and robots/cyborgs, although the twist here is that we’re meant to empathize and sympathize with the latter, not the former.

It’s now been announced that Rise will be adapted into a feature-length film from producers Brian Oliver and Johnny Lin. The supposed goal is to make a franchise series out of this, so perhaps we’ll be seeing a new series in the spirit of The Terminator?

Lin explains, “Brian and I are extremely excited to have an opportunity to build a film franchise based on David Karlak’s wildly popular short. I hope this is the start to a long-lasting financing and producing relationship.

You can watch the original short below.

In the near future, robots have developed advanced emotional sophistication and their human creators don’t like it. What should have been a simple and violent extermination of artificial life proves harder when a captured robot demonstrates that the human aggressors are biting off more than they can chew.

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