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It’s hardly a new routine for an uploaded short to get the go ahead for a full-feature project. Heck, most of the time it’s the only way you’re going to see something original in cinemas amidst the remakes, sequels and comic book adaptations. The latest entry to be added to the list though, is one bursting with monstrously huge potential, and giant effin’ space whales. Enter, The Leviathan which could be one of the most stunning bits of sci-fi you’ll see all week.

Created by Ruairi Robinson and looking to extract the epic scale of everything from Moby Dick to Halo to Dune, The Leviathan throws us into a distant future where man is harvesting eggs of giant space beasts for its own means. Naturally, the procedure isn’t easy, as displayed in this CGI-gasmic preview that shows a small crew go up against one big mutha’ of an alien creature. Beautiful stuff, see for yourself:

“By the early 22nd century mankind had colonized many worlds. Faster than light travel was made possible by harvesting exotic matter from the eggs of the largest species mankind has ever seen. Those that take part in the hunt are mostly involuntary labor.”

There’s a list of impressive names added to this little project, including Fight Club writer, Jim Uhls, and Jordu Schell, who helped make the supersized Na’vi in Avatar. With this sort of calibre of creative force involved and the already positive response it's had since the video was released, there really should be a battle between studios to get this thing going. We can really never have enough sci-fi now, can we?

What do you think, though? Could this be another potential project that spawned from a simple (albeit, stunning) short film? Sound off in the comments below.


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