It was announced on Thursday that Hollywood short film, R’Ha is to be given a major lift as it’s been taken up by former head of Lucasfilm and Star Wars producer, Rick McCallum.
McCallum is on board to produce the high-concept sci-fi feature and is bringing some of his Star Wars colleagues with him. Steve Tzirlin, producer on Star Wars: Clone Wars, is also down to produce with McCallum. They will collaborate with the short’s original producing team of Raymond Brothers and Scott Glassgold from IAM Entertainment.
It was also announced that Matthew Graham, TV creator of Life on Mars but who also wrote for the since-scrapped live-action Star Wars TV show, will be writing the screenplay.
The creator of the short, Kaleb Lechowski, is lined up to direct the feature.
R’Ha is a story about a nonhuman alien who defends a cluster of solar systems from a menacing attack. The film’s title derives from the name of the alien race.
In an email to the Hollywood Reporter, McCallum states that it was the non-human aspect of the film that caught his attention: “What inspires me and our team is that there are humans whatsoever in the film, and yet Kaleb has come up with a world that is so engaging and so alive and so real that it really is very different from anything else I have seen in the sci-fi world.”
McCallum described his approach to the film and how they can bring to life Lechowski’s vision: “We want to make it as a European film, using VFX facilities from all over Central and Eastern Europe and Asia, and do it for a price that not only allows Kaleb total control of his unique vision, but is incomprehensible in the big-budget VFX world that we now live in!”.
Watch the original short film below:
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