Warner Bros. has snapped up "True Skin," a science fiction short that sent Hollywood studios and producers in hot pursuit since its debut online a week ago, two individuals with knowledge of the deal told TheWrap.
Stephan Zlotescu, a music-video director for Lady Gaga, Kanye West and Beyonce, directed the short. Set in the near future, it depicts a world in which humans undergo procedures to improve their bodies with doctors replacing body parts with mechanized pieces.
The main character travels to Bangkok to pay a cheaper fee on the black market, but when seedy characters discover that the man is turning into a robot, they begin pursuit.
Zlotescu will direct the full-length feature, which David Heyman is producing through his Heyman Films banner. Scott Glassgold and Raymond Brothers of IAM Entertainment will also produce.
Chris Sewall, who produced the short, will co-produce.
Warner Bros. was attracted to the high-level concept of the film, which should have a male lead and plenty of action. The studio is unlikely to give the first-time director the budget of a major summer tentpole.
Heyman, who worked on every "Harry Potter" film, has a number of projects in the offing, the most immnient being Alfonso Cuaron's "Gravity."