Bad Robot Recruits Dan Trachtenberg for Low-Budget 'Valencia' Project

April 3, 2014
Source: The Wrap

Dan Trachtenberg

Now here's a project to keep an eye on. We've been watching closely and waiting for commercials director Dan Trachtenberg to make his feature debut ever since breaking out with that Portal: No Escape short. This might finally be the one. The Wrap is reporting that Bad Robot is producing a project for Paramount's low-budget label Insurge Pictures, a film titled Valencia, or at least called that (which might refer to the area this takes place in, among other things). Valencia has been greenlit for production and Trachtenberg will direct a script by Dan Casey, who rewrote an earlier draft by Josh Campbell & Matt Stuecken. Read on.

While we always expect an air of mystery to every Bad Robot project, this one does indeed have a synopsis. Or at least part of a plot. The Wrap's description for Valenica explains that it's an end-of-the-world thriller:

"The majority of the movie takes place in an underground cellar, home to a teenage girl and a caretaker. The girl woke up in the cellar after a car accident, at which point her eerie companion tells her a nuclear attack has devastated society. The girl still hopes to escape."

I'm already looking forward to seeing this. Valencia will only cost around $5 million to shoot, which is part of the mandate for Insurge, the company behind The Loved Ones, The Devil Inside, some of the Paranormal sequels, and Project Almanac or Welcome to Yesterday. Dan Trachtenberg is also attached to the Y: The Last Man movie at New Line Cinema, though it sounds like that got stuck again, as well as a project called Crime of the Century. I'm anxious to see him finally direct a feature, and if it's this Bad Robot one, even better, because it sounds pretty frickin' cool and I love being surprised. No idea what's waiting outside the place and it if was really a nuclear attack, but I'm curious to find out. Bring it on, Trachtenberg / Bad Robot.

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Sounds like when Cartman convinced Butters that the world had ended so that he could go to Casa Bonita.

MattPeloquin on Apr 6, 2014

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