Fox in Negotiations for Rights to Short Film Ruin; McG Negotiating to Produce
Seeing franchise potential from the eight-minute short, Fox is currently in negotiations to purchase the rights to Ruin and the pitch is to turn it into a live-action film.
The creator of the short, Wes Ball, is attached to direct and co-write the feature version of Ruin with T.S. Nowlin. McG is negotiating to produce the film through his Wonderland Sound and Vision company, along with Lucasfilm executive Steve Tzirlin, who oversaw script and story development for Star Wars: The Clone Wars.
Ruin debuted on Vimeo in March, featuring a post-apocalyptic North American city that's been overgrown by vegetation. It's been referred to as I Am Legend meets Terminator 2. The film does provide an incredible vehicle for Ball to show off his skills in creating exciting chases. Fox jumped on the opportunity to purchase the rights to the film before any other studio saw it. A high six-figure deal is rumored.
Ball created Ruin, working on the project periodically, over the course of two years. He has also done graphic work for HBO as well as the Star Trek and Aliens in the Attic DVD and Blu-ray. He won a Student Academy Award bronze medal in 2003 for his story A Work in Progress.
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