Paramount Picks Up Another Michael Bay 'Alien' Sci-Fi Project
And here we have a big spec script sale not long after wrapping up Comic-Con to prove that sci-fi and aliens are the hot thing right now (e.g. Battle: LA, Skyline, Falling Skies). Deadline says Paramount has picked up a spec script for a "modestly budgeted extraterrestrial project" that Michael Bay will produce (at some point). It's supposedly called the "Confidential Alien Project" (meaning probably to be later surprisingly renamed) and is said to be a "cross between Cloverfield and Paranormal Activity." Ummm wait - isn't what Paranormal Activity's Oren Peli directing as his next film, Area 51, the exact same for Paramount anyway?
Deadline says that WME made the deal with Paramount and both Michael Bay and Steven Schneider (Area 51, Paranormal Activity 2) will produce, while first-time feature filmmaker Bobby Glickert will be writing and directing. Glickert was a PA on the first Transformers and was also the assistant to Justin Lin on Fast & Furious; he's also got a few short films under his belt called Road to Moloch and The Descendent. It's hard to really comment on this without knowing too much about it, but I just hope it's original and different but still awesome in its own way. It'll suck if we have nothing but the same old repeated yet again. Thoughts?