'Paranormal Activity' Director Sets Up Post-Nuclear Disaster Thriller

November 1, 2011
Source: Deadline

Nuclear Ruins

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.

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Thank god we are getting another post-apocalyptic thriller. /s Seriously though, if the characters don't act like morons (like 99 percent of these films) it might be an entertaining feature. I'm just tired of these movies following the same crappy formula.

Josh Taylor on Nov 1, 2011


Who's watching all this found footage? When the world is falling apart, would you really be sifting through old video camera footage?

Crapola on Nov 1, 2011


Oren Peli made his own career with PA.  I'm sure he knows what he's doing.  If I have to hear one more child complain about found footage movies again, I think I'm going to die.  Just don't watch it.  If you see the trailer and you find it doesn't look appealing, don't watch it.  It's so simple.  Crazy how simple it is.

ragethorn on Nov 1, 2011


How dare someone have a strong opinion on where Hollywood is heading. Found footage movies seem to be a dime a dozen today and it's a trend that should die. It's half-ass film making at it's best, so if anything should die it's these crappy styles of films. Paranormal Activity is not good film making, but as long as people keep paying to see this trash they will keep pumping them out. Sorry but if you don't want to see somebody's opinion then don't go on the internet.

Josh Taylor on Nov 1, 2011


As you said, people will keep seeing them. And all you can do is type comments about how you don't prefer that style of film making lol. So complaining about it doesn't really do anything.. You're kind of wasting time for both parties here, unless you just really like ranting. lol. As far as I see, people will keep watching until the fad dies down. And people will keep complaining about people watching. Now, you can't convince people that found footage is 'bad cinema', but you *can* convince posters that complaining is really a waste of time lol. unless like i said, you enjoy ranting. then go for it. 

Daniel Vu Tran on Nov 1, 2011


Well that's what I did with PA, I thought that looks rubbish, I won't watch it, so I didn't. I know this is a film site, so it's where we come to get excited about film or have a whinge about things such as found footage. Found footage films are good for film makers with regard to budget and effects being easier to deal with, which is good because different types of films can be made using that method, but I just feel the scope is limited and less and less believable as more and more of them pile up.

Crapola on Nov 2, 2011

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