In Project Almanac, the “Primer meets Chronicle” found-footage teen time travel movie, the kids traveling back in time make some mistakes. Their real life counterparts have now made some mistakes too. In the film, there’s a plane crash caused by the time travel plot (that crash is in the trailer) and it seems director Dean Israelite may have used actual plane crash footage in the movie. Footage from a 1994 B-52 crash at Fairchild Air Force Base in Washington. The families of two of the victims, Col. Robert Wolff and Lt. Col. Mark McGeehan, noticed the footage, were obviously upset by it and complained. Now producer Michael Bay and his team have apologized and will cut the scene before the film’s January 30th release. Read more about the Project Almanac cut scene below. Read More »
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We’ve all seen time travel, but we’ve never seen time travel the Michael Bay way. Bay is one of the producers of Project Almanac, a found-footage time travel movie described as Primer meets Chronicle. In the film, time travel is raw, gritty and painful. Bay’s time travel is pretty unique, and will be handled by the film’s director Dean Israelite.
“I’m South African, so I fly to South Africa all of the time and I’m totally f****d up after a twenty-four hour flight,” said the first time director. “And I haven’t time travelled. So If I’m f****d up just going on a plane, what are these characters going to feel like when they go back in time?”
He went on to describe how, in Project Almanac, time travel involves weightlessness, electromagnetic fields, and all sorts of environmental craziness. In short, this isn’t time travel you’re used to seeing in other films that may or many not have been set in this year.
But, to be frank, we didn’t see it either. Much of that time travel visualization will be done in post. When we visited the Atlanta, GA set of Project Almanac on July 1, 2013, Israelite was shooting the most important time-travel excursion of the film. In it, a tight-knit group of friends go to the bathroom during school and travel back in time to go Lollapalooza. Girls in bikinis and guys in chain mail, peacock feathers, leis, neon tank tops, beer hats, body paint, rainbow wigs and all the madness you’d expect at a music festival were on set. It was a crazy scene, one that plays a pivotal role in the January 31 film, and a great example of how Project Almanac is doing time travel in a very modern, 2015-ready way.
Below, read more of our Project Almanac set visit.
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We’ve been talking about Dean Israelite‘s Project Almanac for what seems like forever. Jumping back in time, the idea first got picked up by Michael Bay‘s Platinum Dunes in 2012. Cameras then started rolling Summer 2013 aimed at a February 2014 release date. In that time, the title changed to Welcome to Yesterday. However the distributor, Paramount, decided to hold the film back once that date got close. It was retitled Project Almanac and it had a pretty successful, buzzy screening at Comic-Con.
Which brings us to the present. A second first trailer for Project Almanac has been released with the film set to hit theaters January 30. In it you’ll see what a group of teenagers might do if they found out how to time travel in their garage. Watch the Project Almanac Trailer below. Read More »
Sure, why not drop news of another reboot? The ’80s film WarGames, which originally starred Matthew Broderick and Ally Sheedy, is being remade by MGM. (The studio has already created a series of other remakes, including RoboCop, Carrie, and Red Dawn, and has Poltergeist and The Town That Dreaded Sundown to come.) Now the studio is poised to hire Dean Israelite to direct and Arash Amel to write the WarGames remake. Read More »
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. Read More »
UPDATE 3/11/14: THR now says Scott Derrickson (Sinister) is in the mix, along with previously mentioned Mark Andrews (who recently commented) and Jonathan Levine. The original story follows.
Guardians of the Galaxy is well on its way to theaters, Avengers: Age of Ultron is now filming, and Ant-Man is almost fully cast. Next on the Marvel checklist is potential Phase Three film Doctor Strange. Now Kevin Feige‘s company has reportedly begun to take meetings with directors as they consider choices to helm the film. Read the list below. Read More »
The found-footage, time travel movie Welcome to Yesterday was set to be released on February 28. However, Paramount and Platinum Dunes have now decided to delay the film until Summer or Fall.
Formerly called Almanac, the film is directed by Dean Israelite and follows a group of kids who stumble on the ability to time travel. They use it to have a lot of fun. The official reason for the delay is producer Michael Bay, who is currently hard at work on Transformers: Age of Extinction. He wants to give the film personal attention. They’ll also use the time to “refine” the marketing, which has been all but non-existent. Read More »
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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