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Abe, the robot serial killer short film, to become a full length feature

Aug. 21, 2013by: Alex Maidy

Now this sounds like a cool movie. Imagine a serial killer that cannot be killed and is not even human. That's right: a robot serial killer! Brilliant! MGM has just purchased the rights to make the feature length film version of the short ABE from writer/director Rob McLellan.

The short follows the titular robot as he explains his motivations to his latest victim. Taking place in a single room with the robot doing all the talking, McLellan is able to create a major aura of tension and fear despite the villain being an artificial being. McLellan is also a visual effects artist, which accounts for the quality of the robot in the eight minute film.

There are no other details on the movie version of ABE aside from naming producers Kevin Misher and Steve Tzirlin. I can say that I cannot recall another film released by a studio that shares a plot like this. It is nice to know that there may be some good ideas for movies that have not been done before.

Check out the full short film below and see if you can think of anything else quite like it.

Source: Deadline

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6:17PM on 08/21/2013

Really original, really emotional.

loved it and i honestly can't wait. There is a ton of different directions this movie could go. He could be a sympathetic villain or a very self aware monster. Loved the fact that the monologue was used correctly in stating his twisted world view. That's how monologues are suppose to work.
loved it and i honestly can't wait. There is a ton of different directions this movie could go. He could be a sympathetic villain or a very self aware monster. Loved the fact that the monologue was used correctly in stating his twisted world view. That's how monologues are suppose to work.
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6:49PM on 08/21/2013
Looks like a stolen idea from Scud: The Disposable Assassin, only more extreme!
Looks like a stolen idea from Scud: The Disposable Assassin, only more extreme!
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9:56PM on 08/21/2013
Wow I have not heard the name SCUD in so long. Great reference there, spot on brotha!
Wow I have not heard the name SCUD in so long. Great reference there, spot on brotha!
6:57PM on 08/21/2013
How is she screaming with the tape over her mouth? What I don't get about robot killers (Terminators too) is how their batteries last so long? I have to recharge my smartphone every day, but these things can just go on forever.
How is she screaming with the tape over her mouth? What I don't get about robot killers (Terminators too) is how their batteries last so long? I have to recharge my smartphone every day, but these things can just go on forever.
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7:46PM on 08/21/2013
I'm guessing battery technology is vastly improved by the time they invent friggin' TIME TRAVEL . . .
I'm guessing battery technology is vastly improved by the time they invent friggin' TIME TRAVEL . . .
7:07PM on 08/21/2013
Atomic Batteries to Power..Turbines to Speed!!!!

He's powered by essence of terror.
Atomic Batteries to Power..Turbines to Speed!!!!

He's powered by essence of terror.
7:05PM on 08/21/2013

Bravo

Get these people to Hollywood asap, that was a better 8 minutes than most movies I have seen recently. Just goes to show what a good writer can do. You don't need hours of back fill to get you into a story....just a good story.
Get these people to Hollywood asap, that was a better 8 minutes than most movies I have seen recently. Just goes to show what a good writer can do. You don't need hours of back fill to get you into a story....just a good story.
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7:24PM on 08/21/2013

Thank god for an original idea being picked up.

I'm so glad a great idea and concept are being picked up and trusted. I hope the movie carries the same feel and depth as the short. Thank you MGM and good luck Mr. McLellan!
I'm so glad a great idea and concept are being picked up and trusted. I hope the movie carries the same feel and depth as the short. Thank you MGM and good luck Mr. McLellan!
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8:05PM on 08/21/2013
I just hope the wont cut away like they did in the short, Id love for this to be an R movie
I just hope the wont cut away like they did in the short, Id love for this to be an R movie
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8:54PM on 08/21/2013
The one thing that bothered me was that last shot was a little too pervy and cliche. But when he sliced straight through that moth, that was a stroke of genius and scary as hell.
The one thing that bothered me was that last shot was a little too pervy and cliche. But when he sliced straight through that moth, that was a stroke of genius and scary as hell.
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10:11PM on 08/21/2013
Now there's an original concept.
Now there's an original concept.
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12:30AM on 08/22/2013

Very creative

I watched this earlier today. Just now, I saw an article on Wired about Ford. I think we should destroy Ford's robot immediately.
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I watched this earlier today. Just now, I saw an article on Wired about Ford. I think we should destroy Ford's robot immediately.
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3:51AM on 08/22/2013
That girl has really nice legs.
That girl has really nice legs.
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1:47PM on 08/22/2013
Looks like The Disposable Assassin or the Medi Droid from Star Wars.
Looks like The Disposable Assassin or the Medi Droid from Star Wars.
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