Warner Bros Drops 'Dark Moon' Film, But Dark Castle Catches It
Last month we found out about Dark Moon, a new project from Warner Bros and Akiva Goldsman that presupposes a black ops post-Apollo moon-landing mission was sent back to explore previously classified discoveries and its unintended and disturbing consequences. The project was another in the stream of "found footage" films like Cloverfield, and as we just heard about one film being canceled on account of an abundance of similar structured narratives, it's no surprise that Heat Vision reports Warner Bros. just dropped the project. However, the good news is Dark Castle (Splice, Orphan) has picked up the project in turnaround to save it from obscurity.
Apparently the recently announced found footage project Apollo 18 from Timur Bekmambetov scared Warner Bros away from their own lunar centric project with a similar narrative device. Dark Moon, unlike the now shut down production of The Zone, is very similar in story and style to Apollo 18 and apparently that made Warner Bros. very nervous. Then Dark Castle came along, showed the script to Joel Silver who gave his seal of approval to pick up the abandoned spec script. Interestingly enough, Silver's distribution deal is with Warner Bros, so I guess they'll distribute the project anyway. The negotiations are still ongoing with Dark Castle but Weed Road (Goldsman's banner) is still on board to produce with an aim towards shooting this winter with The Fourth Kind director Olatunde Osunsanmi set to helm the project. Sound good?