Oren Peli's 'Chernobyl Diaries' Hitting Theaters in Just Three Months

February 15, 2012

Chernobyl Diaries

Leave it to found footage filmmaker Oren Peli (Paranormal Activity) to have a film officially announced with just three months until it's slated to hit theaters. That's the word from a press release by Alcon Entertainment which has announced that Warner Bros. will send the Chernobyl Diaries to theaters on Memorial Day weekend this year against the blockbuster sequel Men in Black III. The film takes place in the city of Prypiat that once housed the workers of the Chernobyl nuclear reactor and now finds a group of friends vacationing nearby quickly learning that they are not alone in the abandoned city. More below!

We heard about the project last November and if the details are the same, 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. Marketing and releasing a film in just three months seems like a bold move since we haven't heard anything other than the initial announcement last year, but with Peli's name attached, and the Paranormal Activity franchise still being a horror giant at the box office, I'm betting audiences will find their way to the film fairly easily.

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  • Osi
    Found footage? Basically a drunk/alcoholic director? Great, another idiot following in JJ Drunk's footsteps.
    • "JJ Drunk?" You dumb fucker.
      • Osi
        Whats wrong kiddie? You are a sucker for drunks? Did your drunk daddy punch you to often? Sounds like it ...
        • Sorry I couldn't understand you. Did you mean "Whats wrong kiddrunk You are a drunker for drunks? Did your drunk dadrunk punch you to drunkften? Sounds like drunk ..." Is that what you meant? 
  • peloquin
     I thought Peli was releasing some alien film about Area 51 next?
  • Isildur_of_Numenor
    Who cares... I do. I don't have high expectations though...
  • Dr. Boris Kutyourkokof
    Well my little American capitalists with Twinkies for brains, I'd rather this fine film set in the great fatherland than another puny Men In Black.  Udacha Comrade Peli; Udacha!!
    • Hugeeuge81287
      Haha well said!!!
  • norm
    Um.... Jesse McCartney? I'll pass thanks.
    • Guest
       Jesse's a great actor. Give him a chance. (I know what you're thinking, and no- This is not coming from a die-hard Jesse McCartney fan.).
    • Shut up he is a good actor  ! and the best EVER! 
  • Was this shot there?
  • Mx
    I was working on a similar movie treatment two years ago.  I went to Pripyat to scout locations and determined it was just too dangerous to bring the cast over there.I don't think they actually sent people there. Maybe they just got a few money shots from the real place. you can google "ghosts of Pripyat" if you want to see my footage. Wonder if Peli saw it? Cheers.
    • So far the treatment seems to be "people go to Chernobyl and it turns out something bad is there."
  • Sdf
    I heard they shot in Serbia, Budapest and Chernobyl.
  • Barry
    Sigh and yawn.  Seems Mr. Peli watches Destination Truth.  Josh Gates and co. already did this.  It was pretty creepy, too.
  • Boiler Bro Joe
    I don't know how I feel about this.  I'm not exactly Mr. PC when it comes to movies, but this just seems spectacularly offensive to me.  Less than a hundred deaths have been directly linked to the meltdown, but hundreds of thousands of people lost their homes (in that they had to permanently dislocate) and reputable organizations, like the WHO, predict at least 3000 additional deaths due to cancer in the coming years.  I personally knew someone who was born with six fingers because of it.  Making a drama is one thing, but a "found footage" horror movie just reeks of exploitation, although I guess they did crap like that in the 70s.  And coming so soon after the Japanese meltdown too?  I don't know, it's just... ick.  But to each their own I guess.




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