Helmer woos studio with f/x-filled teaser presentation

Universal is trying on “Prosthesis,” setting up development of a sci-fi feature with The Gotham Group and 1stAveMachine producing and Arvind Palep directing.

Studio acquired “Prosthesis” after execs saw Palep’s 10-minute teaser presentation blending VFX with storyboards and live-action footage.

Palep co-created multimedia production banner 1stAveMachine with Serge Patzak, who will produce the film with Gotham Group topper Ellen Goldsmith-Vein and Eric Robinson. Peter McHugh and Sam Penfield will exec produce.

Details of the world Palep has created for “Prosthesis” are being kept under wraps other than it will rely on Palep’s ability to create immersive worlds parallel to our own. No screenwriter is attached.

“?’Prosthesis’ is an epic, in the purest sense of the word, and Arvind’s vision and take on the human condition will blow audiences away,” Robinson said.

Anikah McLaren will oversee the project for the studio.

Gotham Group’s feature producing credits include “Abduction” and “The Spiderwick Chronicles.” Media production banner 1stAveMachine consists of 10 directors who create TV ads, branded online content and interactive content along with developing TV and feature projects.

Palep and 1stAveMachine were repped in the deal by WME, Gotham Group and attorney George Davis. Gotham Group was repped by CAA and Davis.

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