THE CHEMIST

By Kelsey EGAN

CRAVE PICTURES - as PROD

Science-fiction - Development 2014

In a post-apocalyptic future where the survival of the human species depends on genetic hybridization, the fate of mankind rests in the DNA of the first successful mutant: a traumatised teenage girl.

    • Year of production
    • 2014
    • Genres
    • Science-fiction, Action/Adventure, Epic
    • Countries
    • SOUTH AFRICA
    • Languages
    • ENGLISH
    • Budget
    • 5 - 10 M$
    • Duration
    • 108 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Kelsey EGAN
    • Writer(s)
    • Kelsey EGAN
    • Producer(s)
    • Johan KRUGER (Collective Dream Studios), Kelsey EGAN (Crave Pictures), Sean ELSE (Collective Dream Studios)
    • Synopsis
    • In a post-apocalyptic future, Outside air is no longer safe to breathe, and most life forms on earth have perished.
      The last, desperate dregs of humanity eke out a confined existence in the Districts : a sordid cluster of shantytowns clinging to the side of Table Mountain. The District Dwellers owe their lives to the Controllers, a militant governing force who control the last reserves of oxygen. But time is running out; the final air store is almost empty.
      The survival of the human species depends upon the ability of the human genome to evolve.
      Genetic Engineers trigger mutations on human test subjects in the hope of creating successful Hybrids : humans with foreign DNA that enable them to breathe Outside. The Freaks of the Future.
      Test subjects who survive beyond their use in the lab are sent to The Pit. The strongest become Gladiators; the rest are used as bait. Gladiators are volatile. Their bodies wage a war within, battling to accommodate genetic instructions from multiple species. Feared as much as they are revered, they are controlled with drug cocktails supplied by the Lab.
      All except Samson, who secretly mixes his own cocktails. A Controlled life isn't a life worth living, and Samson is working towards his own solution.
      He's not the only one.
      The Spire's Head Genetic Engineer secretly sympathizes with the District Dwellers, who believe that Evolution is for Everyone. With the aid of his teenage daughter, Shade, he supplies the high black market demand for aggressive variants of the rapid evolution cocktails developed in the Spire Lab.
      When he is murdered, Shade is forcibly injected with his newest cocktail. Her life – and her body – is violently altered, and she becomes the experiment she's always feared.
      But unlike so many of the others, her mutations are not superficial. Shade is changing into something new. Whoever controls her, controls the future of the human race. Only Samson can give her the power to choose her own fate.
    • Partners & financing
    • Crave Pictures is co-producing this feature film with Collective Dream Studios, who are also providing post-equity finance. We are currently seeking potential international co-production partners, distribution deals and additional financing
    • Production schedule
    • We are scheduled to enter production in mid-late 2014.
    • Beginning of shooting
    • Aug 01, 2014
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