A few months ago we shared a short film titled The Raven, which at the time was making the rounds at studios potentially interested in turning the work into a feature. This has of course been a trend this year, in part thanks to the success of District 9. Now Latino Review reports that the project, which will retain Peruvian director Ricardo de Montreuil at the helm, has found a home at Universal. A script is currently being written by Justin Marks (Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun Li) and Mark Wahlberg is confirmed to be producing and starring in the adaptation.

If it's a straight lift and stretch from the short, Wahlberg would presumably play Chris Black, aka The Raven, a telekinetic man on the run for some unknown reason and pursued by police drones that resemble similar flying machines from Back the Future II and the Terminator films. What else happens besides this is a big mystery, as you can pretty much do anything when basing a film on a single chase scene. I wonder if Montreuil and original co-writer Antonio Perez know more about the character and plot than they put on screen or if Marks is being allowed total freedom to develop the full-length story.

As for Wahlberg, the Oscar-nominee seems to be opening himself up a lot to genre films lately despite some of his worst films being Planet of the Apes, The Happening and last year's Max Payne (I also don't think The Other Guys looks that great, either). Would you prefer he be doing more stuff like The Departed than something that looks like Hancock mixed with District 9 and Minority Report?

Here's the original version of The Raven in case you missed it in April: