You know a movie is high concept when it can be sold with a set of footprints. The Weinstein Company just released a teaser one-sheet for Apollo 18, their found footage sci-fi thriller produced by Timur Bekmambetov and directed by Gonzalo Lopez-Gallego. Featuring the tagline “There’s a reason we’ve never gone back to the Moon,” the poster features an astronaut footprint next to an alien footprint, simply and effectively telling the whole story. That story, of course, is about a secret moon mission which resulted in an alien encounter. It’s The Blair Witch Project plus Alien rolled into Apollo 13. The film only recently hit our radar with its sale and director attachment. Still, it’s set for near immediate release on March 4. Check out the full poster after the jump. Read More »
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The found-footage sci-fi film Apollo 18 started to make waves when it was picked up at the American Film Market by the Weinstein Company. Produced by Timur Bekmambetov, the film purports to tell the story of a moon mission undertaken in secret. The mission led to an alien encounter, and the ‘found-footage’ aspect would see the story played out through footage supposedly shot by the astronauts.
Trevor Cawood was too direct, but now Gonzalo Lopez-Gallego (who made El rey de la montaña, aka King of the Hill) has stepped in and will helm the picture instead. Read More »
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Timur Bekmambetov has been busy at the American Film Market. While he’s planning to direct Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter in the next few months, he continues to be a prolific producer. (For better or worse.) Today there is word that he may have not one but two new space-related projects set up with two different companies.
One is Apollo 18, based on the Apollo 18 moon mission, which was canceled in real life, but in the film’s fiction took place in secret. The Weinstein Company will make that one. The other is an as-yet untitled ‘deep space’ film that was pitched to Fox by the Predators writing team, and which Mr. Bekmambetov is circling in some capacity. Read More »