Jesus Orellana‘s short film Rosa is being adapted into a live-action, feature film for 20th Century Fox. The Rosa (2011) Short Film Trailer premiered in September and the Rosa (2011) Short Film premiered in November.
The short film was so strong, visually arresting, and high-end that it was speculated that it would attract a plethora of attention from film industry movers and shakers. Well it did.
The pick-up shows the level of heat Spain-based Orellan has generated with his short, which hit the web the second week of Nov. By the end of the month, he had agency representation with Verve and last week was pitching the project to studios.
This is fantastic news and Jesus Orellana deserves it. Rosa is top-tier in entertainment and imagination. I’m glad the appropriate people have taken notice.
Regarding Rosa‘s plot:
In “the near future, humanity has disappeared, leaving behind a large megalopolis devoid of natural life. From the destruction awakes ROSA, a robot part of the KERNEL project, mankind’s last attempt to restore the earth’s ecosystem using recovered samples of long-extinct plant species. Wandering among the ruins of the lifeless city, Rosa will soon discover that she is not the only part of Kernel that has awakened.”
More on Jesus Orellana and who is producing his film:
What is noteworthy is that the short, made from his home computer in Barcelona on a next-to-nothing budget, is the only thing that Orellana has directed. It was made to show his vision for a live-action project he hoped to direct. Consider the impending deal mission accomplished.
Fox-based Simon Kinberg and his Genre Films banner will produce with Scott Glassgold and Raymond Brothers of I Am Entertainment, which also reps Orellan. A scribe will be hired to write the script, which will build on the storyline and the characters of the short. Orellana had a roadmap for the feature story as part of his pitch presentation.