Detroit Evolution

Detroit Evolution is a romantic thriller feature film taking place in the world of Quantic Dream's bestselling video game "Detroit Become Human".

It's been one year since Markus freed the androids of Detroit. The most advanced android ever created, Nines (Maximilian Koger), has evolved past his initial programming as a ruthless hunter, and now protects the city as a DPD detective. But as new crimes and dangers start to threaten RK900 himself, he must also juggle his growing love for his partner, Detective Gavin Reed (Chris Trindade), and navigate everything that they mean to one another.

  • Michelle Iannantuono
    Director
    Livescream, Detroit Awakening, Seven Deadly Synths
  • Michelle Iannantuono
    Writer
    Livescream, Detroit Awakening, Seven Deadly Synths
  • Michelle Iannantuono
    Producer
    Livescream, Detroit Awakening, Seven Deadly Synths
  • Saba
    Producer
    Sam The Vamp, NO1, The Devil's Due
  • Maximilian Koger
    Key Cast
    "Nines"
    Seven Deadly Synths, Detroit Awakening
  • Michael Smallwood
    Key Cast
    "Chris Miller"
    Halloween Kills, The Inspectors
  • Christopher Trindade
    Key Cast
    "Gavin Reed"
    God Friended Me
  • Carla Kim
    Key Cast
    "Tina Chen"
  • Jillian Geurts
    Key Cast
    "Ada"
    Hell House LLC 2
  • Michael James Daly
    Key Cast
    "Parker"
    Skin Baby, Valor
  • Brett Mullen
    Cinematography
    Bloody Ballet, Bombshell Bloodbath, Belladonna
  • Austin Butts
    Music
    Livescream, Killer Assistant
  • Brittany Brock
    Assistant Director
    Broadside, Little
  • Project Type:
    Feature, Web / New Media
  • Genres:
    Romance, Sci-Fi, LGBT, Gay, science fiction, fan film
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 15 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    April 10, 2020
  • Production Budget:
    17,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    RED
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
Director Biography - Michelle Iannantuono

Michelle Iannantuono is an award winning filmmaker, debut novelist, and online content creator, most primarily known for the found footage horror film Livescream, and her queer transformative fan films in the Detroit Become Human universe. She is also the author of Paradisa (Falstaff Books, '20), a contemporary fantasy about world mythology. Her work leans in the science fiction, fantasy, and horror directions, because before switching careers to follow her passion, she was an industrial chemist (which is equal parts scientific and horrifying). And when it comes to topic, her work is usually into video games, queer stories, or both.

When she’s not behind the camera or behind the pen, she’s probably gaming, fangirling something, or politely asking Cthulhu to eat her chaos.

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Director Statement

Detroit Evolution is the film I've wanted to make all my life, as a fangirl, as a video game nerd, and as someone who has wanted to see more people like myself in media. It sets out to prove a few things: that you can make a compelling and well made video game movie. That centering an M/M romance can happen organically within a science fiction action story and that gay storylines are not "forced" or "pandering." That asexual people exist and their stories are interesting. That fanfiction - a transformative medium primarily developed by women and queer people and usually derided by more mainstream fandom - is valid and fun and can also be high quality.

For the fans, I hope they walk away feeling seen in the myriad of diverse characters. But I also hope that we're just making a dream come true for Reed900 fans. The characters never meet in the canon. With the exception of game mods, we have no visual representation of them to pull inspiration from or make vid edits of, etc. This gives the fans a version of them who do meet onscreen. And not only meet, but have a beautiful romance story that is "canonized." A lot of DBH fans have said a DBH Netflix series or a DBH Brooklyn 99 would be fun to watch, and this might be the closest thing they get to that.