Oren Peli's Second Found Footage Movie 'Area 51' is Still Coming Soon

June 6, 2011
Source: STYD

Area 51

We haven't heard much, at all, about the status of Paranormal Activity director Oren Peli's second found footage sci-fi film Area 51 in quite a while. It doesn't have a release date, but has supposedly been shot, so where is it at? Well, horror producer Jason Blum was recently interviewed by ShockTillYouDrop, and it was SlashFilm who noticed that he mentioned Area 51 and provided an update on its real production status. Unfortunately, it's a bit vague, as he doesn't say anything and only speaks to it being ready in three or four months. The rest is now up to Paramount / Insurge Pictures to figure out a release date and marketing plan.

Full interview can be found on STYD. Below is Blum's answer to "Where is Area 51 at?" (Get it?)

"Area 51 is like Paranormal Activity. The additional photography for Paranormal Activity, we went back 50 times. The great thing about doing extra shooting for inexpensive movies is that the cost is low, so we screen and shoot and screen and shoot. Oren and I were pulled away from Area 51 a lot for the second Paranormal. Once that came out, we ramped up on Area 51 again. I anticipate the movie will be mostly done in about three or four months. They can't set a release date yet until we do all of that."

He's asked if Area 51 might be ready for release in 2012? "Not for sure. It will depend on the competitive release schedule all the way around. It could be sooner." I'm seriously wondering if he's playing a trick on us or if they might just finish this up and drop it out of nowhere later in the fall, kind of like they did with the first Paranormal Activity. For those still wondering what this is, IMDb has a synopsis that says: "Terror strikes when reporters visit a secret base that houses extraterrestrials." Think Blair Witch meets Aliens, at least that's our best guess. Other than that, with Super 8 about to hit and that other sci-fi flick Apollo 18 still being shift around, who knows when we'll see Area 51 pop up. I'd say to expect this when you least expect it.

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Oh come on he's easing us on a false trail. They're probably going to pull a Cloverfield on us with either Super 8 or Transformers

Moviekid on Jun 7, 2011


How exactly does a reporter get an interview @ Area 51, when the government still denies the place even exists?

Hullandro on Jun 7, 2011


Found footage films are silly, in reality you would always put down the camera. Rec was good, Blair Witch too, Cloverfield was pretty daft. I dunno, I suppose the budget can be affected by how it's made so maybe it's a good workaround.

Crapola on Jun 7, 2011


Peli's stuck on this "found footage" gig, meaning, we all know how this movie will end. Not well for the protagonists. This movie sounds like a knockoff of Apollo 18, just in a different setting.  Even though Peli' original PA (Paranormal Activity) was a solid, dedicated effort, Area 51 has already taken the backseat and honestly feels more like a money grab riding on the success of the first 2 PA's.

Quazzimotto on Jun 7, 2011

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