Ruairi Robinson Exploring The Last Days on Mars

Planet MarsOnce upon a time, Ruairi Robinson was supposed to break-through into feature film by directing the live-action “Akira” movie. That was a while ago. Way back in 2008, to be exact. “Akira” has since gone to someone else, but Robinson has now resurfaced with another sci-fi project that is currently selling over at the American Film Market.

The Academy Award nominated Robinson will be making his feature film debut on “The Last Days on Mars” for Focus Features and Qwerty Films, directing from a script by Clive Dawson, with the boys at WETA doing the honors on special effects.

The plot for “Mars” goes thusly:

As their last day on Mars draws to a close, the astronaut crew is on the verge of a major breakthrough – collected rock specimens reveal microscopic evidence of life. Meanwhile, communication is underway with AURORA, the approaching spacecraft that will relieve the crew of their operations. In their last hours on the planet, two astronauts go back to SITE 9, a cavernous valley on the surface of Mars, to collect further evidence of their discovery. But a routine excavation turns deadly when one of them falls to his death and his body taken host and re-animated by the very life form they sought to discover.

The film is currently in pre-production, with a shooting date set for early 2012 on location in Jordan and at Shepperton Studios in the UK.

Robinson is also known for his killer robot short film “Blinky”, the trailer for which you can take a gander at below. Yes, I would like one of those, too. Preferably the non-killing version.