A group of high school kids discover the ability to travel in time. That’s the simple logline of Welcome to Yesterday, formerly called Almanac, which just released its first trailer. Starring a slew of young newcomers, the found footage sci-fi film was written by Jason Pagan and Andrew Stark and is directed by Dean Israelite. It’s scheduled for release February 28.
Jumping back in time ourselves, on July 1 of this year I was on the Atlanta set of the film. We spoke to all the principal actors, writers, producer and director to find out how Platinum Dunes’ first foray into the world of micro-budget genre filmmaking was looking. What we found was a very logical, interesting and angsty take on found footage and time travel. This was definitely not the heavily Back to the Future Part II influenced plot originally rumored.
Watch the trailer below, and read a bit more about our visit to the set. Read More »
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Michael Bay‘s production company, Platinum Dunes, has been all about low-budget genre films in recent months. The first, Almanac, is set for release in February, and the company has just signed to do another one. This time, though, they’ve recruited a first-time director with a dream resume.
Marvel Studios storyboard artist and animatics supervisor Federico D’Alessandro is in talks to direct Lockdown at Franklin High, a micro-budget monster movie written by Joe Ballarini and Greg Bishop. It follows a brother and sister who get locked in their high school when a monster begins to terrorize the school. Read More »
When the reboot of Friday the 13th made $40 million on its opening weekend in 2009, a sequel seemed inevitable. The film only cost $20 million and the franchise has been known to spit out a follow-up or ten. But four years have passed and there’s been very little movement. In 2010, the producers all but declared the sequel dead. Then, this past Summer, Paramount regained full rights to the film on the condition a sequel get made in the next five years. So the clock is ticking.
Now, horror journalist Ryan Turek of Shock Till You Drop reports producers are indeed fielding pitches from writers for a new Friday the 13th. The catch is, they’re asking for a “found footage” take on the material. Read More »
Filmmakers regularly say it’s impossible to get a medium sized movie made in Hollywood. They believe studios would much rather make a $250 million movie than five $50 million movies and that might be the case. Paramount, however, is having a blast making much cheaper movies. In addition to the Paranormal Activity franchise, they’re currently in post production on Almanac, produced by Michael Bay‘s Platinum Dunes and directed by Dean Israelite. That’s a $13 million found footage movie that follows a group of teenager who mess up their lives with time travel. It’s out in February.
Paramount and Platinum Dunes must like what they’re seeing from that film because they just bought the next pitch from Almanac‘s writers Jason Pagan and Andrew Stark. It’s called Raindrop and it’s another high-concept, found footage film with a small budget. Read More »
The biggest “of course” news of the day comes from the set of the Michael Bay-produced, Jonathan Liebesman-directed Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot. At one point the film was going to be called Ninja Turtles, but script issues (and just a dose of Internet venom) delayed the film and changed some key elements. One of those changes is the title, which thanks to the set photo above, we can now resume discussing under the title Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
Also, though Megan Fox‘s April O’Neil wasn’t wearing her trademark yellow on set earlier in the week, that has since been amended. Check out the images below. Read More »
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A teenager discovers the ability to time travel and uses a book of sports results to his benefit. This, is not, the logline for the second act of Back to the Future Part II. It’s the reported plot of Almanac, a mystery project from Michael Bay‘s Platinum Dunes which was announced last month. At the time, plot details were under wraps save for the fact that it was a found footage film in the vein of Chronicle. Now, one site has gotten some inside info and provided a bunch of details.
Almanac was written on spec by Andrew Stark and Jason Pagan and has Dean Israelite attached to direct. Read more about it below. Read More »
As if Michael Bay didn’t have enough to do, prepping one film and finishing another, he and his Platinum Dunes partners just sold a top secret found footage film to Paramount. It’s called Almanac and was written on spec by Andrew Stark and Jason Pagan, with Dean Israelite attached to direct. They’re all newcomers (though Israelite is the cousin of Jonathan Liebesman.)
Not a lot is know about the film, but sources tell us it’s very much in the vein of Chronicle except with time travel instead of superheroes. Read more after the jump. Read More »
Imitation is the most sincere form of flattery, and that suggests that some people working on the new TMNT film really, really like Gareth Evans‘ film The Raid. The Indonesian martial-arts action picture is built on fight scenes that draw on pencak silat, the collective martial arts style of Indonesia. Choreographed by Iko Uwais and Yayan Ruhian, The Raid features some of the best fight scenes since Ong Bak, with fast, joint-shattering and face-breaking violence.
Looks like that movie is one of the ones that have influence on Paramount and Platinum Dunes’ delayed Ninja Turtles. In a very long video interview, TMNT co-creator Kevin Eastman says the fight scenes in the new film will be inspired by The Raid, as well as Fist of Legend. Read More »
Will Vanilla Ice be ninja, ninja rapping in the new Ninja Turtles reboot? It’s possible. Or, at least, that’s what could be discerned from his (non) comments in a new interview. The rapper-turned-actor-turned home remodeler, whose real name is Robert Van Winkle, appears in next week’s That’s My Boy and was recently discussing his Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles fandom with MTV. He then refused to comment when asked about possible involvement with the new film, which will reportedly start shooting in Vancouver later this year. Watch the clip and more after the jump. Read More »