Earlier this morning, The Weinstein Company won a bidding war for a new alien sci-fi film called Apollo 18, being produced by Wanted director Timur Bekmambetov. This is very unfortunate for the movie since the Weinsteins still don't know how to release a movie properly.
The movie is based on the 1970's Apollo 18 mission to the moon, which ended up being cancelled. Conspiracy theorists believe that the mission actually happened, and that's where the story will go. According to deadline, Timur showed the Weinsteins footage that was purported to have been shot by the crew of Apollo 18. The footage shows "signs of alien life, and the events of the mission are built into a thriller story line."
The film is already in production, and it will be released March 4, 2011, five months from now. The film project is being directed by a visual effects animator named Trevor Caewood, and was written by Brian Miller.
This sounds like it could be a fun flick that will follow the same formula as films like Paranormal Activity, Oren Peli-directed Area 51, and the JJ Abrams-directed Super 8.
Bevmambetov is currently prepping to direct Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.
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