Universal Buys Cup Of Tears

Another short with movie ambitions

What, has Hollywood run out of board games that quickly? Okay, so maybe there are plenty of old toys still knocking about the cupboard just waiting for film-hungry executives to find them, love them and squeeze the nostalgic juice out of them to fuel the movie machine, but right now short films are enjoying a real renaissance in the Hollywood fodder food chain. We reported last week about Pixels being looked at as a film, and now Gary Shore’s Cup Of Tears is a hot property for Universal.

The Heat Vision Blog brings word that the studio – and UK producing arm Working Title – has picked up the rights to music Shore’s short with plans to expand It into a movie.

Shore, who has made commercials for such companies as Adidas and music videos for bands including Big Red, began work on the faux trailer-style mini-pic last year, squeezing in shooting time between projects and calling in favours from industry mates to help create a cinematic calling card. Well, it worked, and now a writer will be brought in to pen a script from Shore’s treatment.

Cup Of Tears as it stands right now, focuses on a strange Asian locale called Spirit Town, where ninjas stalk the night, floating battle vessels guard sacred cups and revenge comes cheap. You can take a gander below at the footage in all its 300/Sin City-style CG/live-action blended glory. Sure, it's got the slick visuals - but now Shore will have to prove he can handle a full narrative film...