New Line Picks Up a 'Category Six' Hurricane Found Footage Project

October 28, 2011
Source: Deadline


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.

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the most impressive POV film i've seen this year is Norwegian movie "TROLL HUNTER" and rated 7.1 on imdb: here's the trailer dubbed in English for UK market: ~ Hopefully coming soon to US theater because it's truly an amazing movie and CGI are top notch.

skidoo on Oct 28, 2011


I LOVE Troll Hunter! It was already released actually, it's already out on Blu-Ray here. One of my favorites this year, too. Thanks for pointing it out, always happy to support it. And this is another example of why I occasionally love POV/found footage films.

Alex Billington on Oct 28, 2011


i'm sick of "found footage" movies. yea - there can be a good one here and there - but because of cheap cost - there are too many being made.... the novelty has worn off.

Anonymous on Oct 29, 2011


I dont really see how this film is going to work.  i wonder if any of the people involved have actually been threw a hurricane. unless they are going to go for the " it ripped them from the house and slung them in the air"  or the " we shouldnt have stayed behind and not were trying to escape" angle, 90% of this film is going to be the characters watching the news, going to get supplies and boarding up their houses. 

Derrick James on Oct 29, 2011


Yea but that's exactly it... you know they're going to go for the super crazy "boats being pulled into the air", and they probably get sucked up and tossed around, what if one of the cameras gets sucked up and flown around. Hurricanes are huge and violent and if they're going for the worst one ever, I expect all kinds of crazy stuff like this to happen. I'm actually surprised they're not secretly going a supernatural angle and throwing in a cthulhu hiding out in the middle of the storm or something...

Alex Billington on Oct 31, 2011


I think I've already rented movies like this for a dollar from Blockbuster.

rennmaxbeta on Oct 31, 2011


I live in New Orleans and have no desire to see something like this

Djscontrino on Oct 31, 2011


Im fron Bay Minette, Alabama and i feel you on that, the eye of Hurricane Ivan came right over my house. 

Derrick James on Nov 2, 2011

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