Mathieu Ratthe is trying to get Steven Spielberg‘s attention.
The Canadian filmmaker dreams of directing an adaptation of The Talisman, the 1984 fantasy novel written by Stephen King and Peter Straub. The trouble is, Spielberg has held on to the rights for nearly 25 years, and the story has never made it to the screen.
Tired of waiting, Ratthe did the only thing he could think of: He filmed a six-and-a-half-minute demo for the film and posted it on YouTube. Surprisingly, it’s pretty stunning. You may recognize lead actor Cameron Bright from Birth and X-Men: The Last Stand, and the visual effects were created by the same company that worked on 300.
“I e-mailed him, and it looks like he paid for it all on his own,” writes Pop reader Michael R.
Whether Ratthe’s Talisman trailer will lead to a Spielberg meeting is unclear, but there’s no doubt it will get him noticed by some folks in the industry. (Reprinted from Pop Candy)