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A couple of years ago, Canadian production studio Redlab Digital optioned Charlie Human’s urban-fantasy novel Apocalypse Now Now, with District 9 writer Terri Tatchell signed on to adapt it. A proof-of-concept short for the film has just been released, and it looks bonkers, like Ghostbusters meets a twisted, darker version of Harry Potter.

The short film was directed by South African director Michael Matthews, who is attached to direct the feature-film version. Tatchell tells The Verge that Human’s book is “packed full” of insane action, and that the public release of the proof-of-concept film will help yield good feedback from viewers. In concept, it resembles the output of Oats Studios, run by her husband, Neill Blomkamp. (Apocalypse…

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