Briefly: Paramount and Bad Robot continue to plan one film after another, and the latest effort is God Particle. The picture will be part of the low-budget Insurge label — the division of Paramount started in the wake of Paranormal Activity’s success — and the companies have now chosen a director. Julius Onah, who has made a handful of short films and the feature The Girl is in Trouble. His project Big Man, which is part of Focus Features’ Africa First program, sounds like something I’d like to see.

Big Man is a drama, but God Particle has a sci-fi thriller bent. It follows “an American space station crew left abandoned after a problem with a Hadron accelerator causes Earth to vanish entirely.” It was written by Oren Uziel, and J.J. Abrams is producing. That fact means that the film will probably be pretty low-profile until Onah has finished it.

Onah’s short Don’t Look Back — shot entirely on a phone — is after the break. Read More »

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Since Paranormal Activity became a runaway success for Paramount, the studio has become more and more interested in low-budget films that might have high profit margins. There have been two more Paranormal Activity films, with a third sequel on the way, and the company started a sub-label called Insurge meant to buy or produce so-called ‘micro-budget’ films. The first big Insurge release was the terrible The Devil Inside, which despite being crap, grossed just over $100m globally against a budget of $1m.

In any business, we call that ‘encouraging.’

So Paramount is sallying forth with more low-budget thrillers. The next may be a science fiction affair called God Particle. J.J. Abrams and Bad Robot are being set to produce the script, which was written by Oren Uziel. Read More »

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