An animated big screen adaptation of the graphic novel Rust has been in development at Fox since 2011. The project had a great team of talent developing it that included Attack the Block director Joe Cornish and scribe Aline Brosh McKenna (Devil Wears Prada, We Bought a Zoo). On top of that it was being produced by X-Men franchise producer Simon Kinberg.
We haven’t really had any updates since the announcement. I don’t even know if Cornish and his team are even still involved with the project. I don’t even know if the project is even still in active development. But some really cool test footage has surfaced that makes me hope that the project is still alive because it looks like it could be an awesome movie!
In one clip was see the characters Jet Jones and Roman Taylor being chased by a giant robot on a motorcycle. The second video, which you can check out here, just gives us a look at a character motion test of a robot running through some farmland. The footage wonderfully captures the feel and spirit of the comic.
Rust is a high-octane adventure set in the prairie lands of an unknown time. Life on the Taylor family farm was difficult enough before Jet Jones crashes into the barn, chased by a giant decommissioned war robot! Oldest son Roman Taylor struggles to keep his family’s small farm afloat as the area heals from a devastating world war. While the rest of his family may not trust the mysterious boy with the jetpack, Roman believes the secrets of Jet’s past may be the key to their survival.
After watching this stuff, I really hope that this project is still moving forward. It looks like it would be a great movie!