Timur Bekmambetov Behind Secret New Sci-Fi Project 'Apollo 18'
I love surprises like this. Apparently there's a creepy found-footage sci-fi thriller called Apollo 18 that hits theaters in March 2011. Deadline says the film recently sold to The Weinstein Company, but it may already be in production and finished filming. Behind it is Wanted director Timur Bekmambetov, who presented purported footage shot by the crew of Apollo 18 to the Weinsteins, who financed the feature. That Apollo 18 moon mission from the 70s was officially canceled by NASA, but according to an urban legend, it actually happened. Timur's footage shows signs of alien life, and the mission is crafted into a found-footage thriller.
Deadline goes on to explain that there was a big bidding war last night at AFM for Apollo 18, which is being directed by newcomer Trevor Caewood from a script by Brian Miller. We might see the poster this weekend, but apparently it is aiming to hit theaters on March 4th next spring. This is a very slick concept, I just hope it delivers on the thrills and is not just an "our gauges keep showing the wrong values" kind of space drama. I'm sure even J.J. Abrams will be impressed if they can kick off a viral and start marketing this almost as a real occurrence and get a big audience built by March. I hope we see that happen - we'll keep you updated!