New Line Picks Up a 'Category Six' Hurricane Found Footage Project
With found footage films continuing to be all the rage in town (thanks to numbers like Paranormal Activity 3's opening weekend), another one that's in development is a take on a natural disaster - not super or sci-fi. Deadline reports on the sale of a spec script for a project titled Category Six, a found footage take on high school students who "try to survive the worst hurricane in U.S. history" and capture it on POV cameras and cell phones. The script is by newcomer John Swetnam and will be produced by big shot producer Todd Garner, who conceived of the idea and is developing as his company Broken Road Productions. Read on!
The biggest part of this news is that New Line Cinema, quite a big studio, is paying upwards of $300K for the script. The found footage craze is burning on, we even just reported about a bigfoot POV horror movie yesterday, on sale at the American Film Market next week. Despite some of these ideas being stretches or tired ideas, I kind of like this one. I was more excited for it to be something like a tornado, but a hurricane is just as cool, as long as it's "violent" in a physical sense and not spiritual, or flooding (that's too slow for found footage). I'm intrigued to see what this turns into. No details on a director yet, but we'll be keeping an eye on this film. I'm just too damn fascinated by mother nature not to be curious to see how it turns out.