Michael Bay Producing Time Travel Found Footage Film 'Almanac'
Found footage horror is starting to get a bit boring, but last year's superhero infused take on the subgenre with Chronicle was a breath of fresh air. Now it sounds like Michael Bay and his Platinum Dunes production banner (usually responsible for more boring horror in the form of remakes of Friday the 13th and A Nightmare on Elm Street) is looking to mix things up with a time travel found footage project called Almanac that is said to be in the same vein as Josh Trank's surprise hit earlier this year. However, those are the only plot details known about the project at this time, so we'll have to let out imaginations run wild.
As has become standard with found footage films, THR says it will mark the debut of an untested talent with Dean Israelite making his feature film debut. Even the script comes from an untapped source with freshman writers Andrew Stark and Jason Pagan behind the screenplay. The project was written on spec and has been in development at Platinum Dunes for the past year.
Time travel is a sweet spot for me, so mixing it with found footage (a detail that came from SlashFilm) sounds interesting. The title is also intriguing considering a certain plot point in Back to the Future Part II, so maybe there will be hints of Marty McFly's get-rich-quick scheme in this movie? Either way, it's good to hear an original project like this getting a chance, but I'm worried about Platinum Dunes backing the project. Their horror projects are terrible, and they're apparently ruining Ninja Turtles, but we'll have to wait and see what happens.