Irish helmer Ruairi Robinson (who has some fantastic horror shorts to his credit list including 'BlinkyTM') has been snapped up for directorial duties aboard the new Qwerty Films production 'Last Days on Mars'. The space-based thriller, from the script by Clive Dawson, will deal with an astronaut crew based on Mars whose last day on the planet becomes somewhat nightmarish. You can read the full plot info below which kind of reads like 'The Thing' in space. Focus Features International will be distributing the feature internationally and its set to shoot early 2012 on location in Jordan and also at the UK's Shepperton Studios.
"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."
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