The Sci-Fi Short ‘Ruin’ Gets a Movie Deal

Terminator: Salvation director McG will produce an adaptation of the post-apocalyptic film, and you can watch the original right now.

William Bibbianiby William Bibbiani


There certainly seems to be a dearth of original blockbusters these days. Every damned movie seems to be a sequel or a reboot or an adaptation of a hit novel. Even completely original action movies tend to get saddled with a title based on a board game. So it's heartening that somebody like Wes Ball can come up with an original idea, make a short film all his own, and then sell the feature version to a big company like 20th Century Fox. Which is exactly what's happening.

Ball, who has worked on the DVDs for films like Star Trek and Aliens in the Attic, spent two years working on the original CG-animated short for Ruin, which takes place in a post-apocalyptic future where civilization is being reclaimed by nature. The short is light on plot but does tease a potential conspiracy storyline before it turns into an action-packed chase sequence between a bio-luminescent hero and a vehicle similar to the flying warships of Avatar

Hollywood Reporter reports that Fox is in the process of picking up the feature film pitch for Ruin, with Ball set to direct the film from his screenplay co-written by T.S. Nowlin. Terminator: Salvation director McG would produce the film adaptation alongside Steve Tzirlin, who oversaw Star Wars: The Clone Wars. The film is expected to greatly expand upon the enigmatic events of the short film, which you can watch for yourself above.

What do you think? Are you excited for Ruin or does it look too similar to other sci-fi projects for you to raise your hopes just yet?

CraveOnline will be back with more Ruin news provided we can get out of Christian Bale's eyeline.