Daniel Freedman, who is perhaps best known as a co-creator for Image Comics Undying Love and Burn the Orphanage, is running a Kickstarter campaign to help him make a film of another comic — but not one of his own. Rather, he is looking to turn a short comic by Malachi Ward called UTU into a film.
The story of UTU follows a time-travelling scientist looking to prevent all human conflict at its root by travelling back to the dawn of civilisation. This is his 100th attempt to do so. As you can imagine, it maybe doesn't go as planned.
Freedman says of the story:
"When I read Malachi's short story, I immediately wanted to turn it into a live action short film. The story jumped off the page at me and I couldn't stop thinking about the questions and ideas it raised: the dawn of civilization, the role of technology, god, belief, the fallacy of mankind, ego…
So I spent the better part of a year saving up to shoot the film."
The Kickstarter is looking to raise funds for the post-production, as the film is already shot and ready for the next, final stages to get it ready for the independent film circuit.
Summary: Utu is an exploration of time, space and ego, asking even after we create god-like technology, allowing us to travel back in time, can we ever actually change history and the world for the better? Or are we doomed to live out the same cycles over and over again, never learning from our mistakes.
There are a number of reward tiers available, so you can help make this film adaptation a reality at whichever level you can.