Posted on Tuesday, March 25th, 2014 by Germain Lussier
Project Almanac, the found-footage time travel film formerly called Almanac and Welcome to Yesterday, has been given a new release window. Paramount announced the film, directed by Dean Israelite and produced by Michael Bay, will now be released in January 2015, almost a year after its original February 2014 release date.
The Hollywood Reporter dropped the news.
“Project Almanac” refers to the name of the project that allows four high school students to time travel. (The name itself is a reference to Back to the Future Part II, as written by Jason Pagan and Andrew Stark.) In the film, a brother and sister find an old chest in their attic that was owned by their father. This is Project Almanac and the pair recruit their friends and take time travel for a teen-fueled ride. Here’s the trailer with the old title:
When Paramount first delayed Project Almanac, the reason given was Michael Bay himself wanted to tinker with the film. Now, with a release set six months after Transformers: Age of Extinction hits theaters, that seems even more likely. It’ll also give Paramount time to market to a younger audience, as the film – described as Chronicle meets Primer – has a very broad appeal.
In a few months, you can read about my visit to the set of the film then called Almanac. 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.
We got to see exactly how a group of teenage kids would use time travel. They wouldn’t travel back in time to stop a terrible event. No, they’d travel back a day or two to go to a concert they missed and to try and win the girl of their dreams (And buy cars, and get revenge, and pass tests, etc.) You see it above. But, of course, things don’t go as planned.
Do you like the new title and release date for Project Almanac?