Anton Yelchin’s Sci-Fi Short ‘Rise’ Being Developed Into Feature-Length Movie

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“Hacksaw Ridge” producer Brian Oliver and Filmula’s Johnny Lin are developing a feature-length version of the dystopian short “Rise,” which starred the late Anton Yelchin.

The five-minute short, directed by David Karlak, takes place in a world where man’s attempt to create artificial intelligence has spun wildly out of control, leading to a war between man and machine. Marcus Dunstan and Patrick Melton wrote the script for the short.

Oliver and Lin will fully finance and produce the feature film. They obtained the rights through Warner Bros., where the project had been set up initially, in the hopes of developing a franchise.

Lin is an executive producer on Tom Cruise’s upcoming crime thriller “American Made.” Oliver received a best picture Oscar nomination as a producer of “Black Swan,” and also produced “Black Mass,” “A Walk Among the Tombstones,” and “Everest.” He’s the founder of Cross Creek and is in post-production on “American Made.”

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

Watch the short starring Yelchin:

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  1. I can easily see this as the future of mankind. We are so arrogant and stupid at the same time. We keep building these robots more human like and yet we fail to understand the perfection of the machine Vs the human with its frailties. Sentient creations will be able to reason better and faster than humanity and thus affect everything they contact. The human is an imperfect meat based machine that will have to fight our own creations eventually to stay alive.

  2. alex says:

    If the series is as good as the short film, it will be a great success. It is so sad that Anton Yelchin won’t be able to see this project come to fruition.

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