Wayfare Entertainment has picked up the rights to produce and finance the film with Westrup directing the feature and producer Spencer Friend will do the same job along with Ben Browning and Sarah Shepard. They still need to find a screenwriter who can expand the short into a feature length film.
The film was put on Viewfinder‘s list of 10 best short films of 2011 and the mutant thriller has drawn some comparisons to the short that District 9 was built on, Alive in Joburg.
“Our plan for The Gate was to always expand and build upon the world that I conceived for the 11 minute short,” Westrup said. “Wayfare Entertainment shares our vision in taking those themes and ideas, and adapting them into a sci-fi thriller that is driven by a grounded, sophisticated plot and intriguing character arcs.”
You can watch the original right here: