'Paranormal Activity' Director Sets Up Post-Nuclear Disaster Thriller
After kicking off a horror franchise which just had its third installment rake in impressive October box office numbers, the original Paranormal Activity director Oren Peli is busy making a name for himself outside of the series that launched his career. The filmmaker continued his found footage flare with Area 51 (a film which is still coming, but we don't know when yet), his next project might continue the trend in horror as Deadline reports Peli has just started filming a new untitled thriller in Europe which follows a group of friends stranded in an eerie and desolate city that was abandoned in the aftermath of a nuclear disaster.
Nature has slowly started to reclaim the radioactive ghost town, but when the friends hear unnatural, inhuman-sounding cries somewhere in their proximity, they realize they are not alone, and a threat might be lingering nearby. The biggest name in the ensemble cast is singer-turned-actor Jesse McCartney who is joined by Jonathan Sadowski, Devin Kelley, Olivia Taylor Dudley, Nathan Phillips, Ingrid Bolso Berdal and Dimitry Diatchenko. Without big names, and Peli behind the camera, it sounds like we might have another found footage film in the making, but I'd like to see what the filmmaker can do without that trick for the narrative. Filming is underway in Eastern Europe with FilmNation fully financing the film, but it's not clear when the film will hit theaters just yet, so stay tuned.