Posted on Tuesday, April 20th, 2010 by Peter Sciretta
For a while now we’ve been hearing about Todd Phillips and Joel Silver‘s super secret low-budget, hard-R comedy movie which is being referred to as Project X. The project is set-up at Warner Bros with a $12 million budget. Phillips is working as ‘producer and creative godfather’ for commercial turned first time feature film director Nima Nourizadeh, and even the casting process is a bit of a mystery.
Earlier this week, Phillips and Silver launched a website searching for unknowns to be cast in the movie. The only requirements were that submitters must be U.S. residents, be able to pass for 18 years old, and submit a video tape telling their most embarrassing story, craziest party story, the riskiest or most daring thing they’ve ever done, and demonstrate an impressive dance.
But that’s basically all we knew about the project. The ‘outrageous high concept’ story was being kept tightly under wraps. Until now…
FirstShowing has uncovered details about the project:
The film is described as a party movie, but unlike films like Can’t Hardly Wait and other such one-night-of-chaos films before it, this will be shot in cinema-vérité style, where the audience will experience the party only through the first-person observer view of the camera, so essentially, we will be at the party too. Much like the Hud character in Cloverfield, the role of the observer through which we experience the party will be voice-over only. And to seal the deal on this party-going experience, the entire film will be presented in 3D (there’s a chance it could be shot in 3D, but with a $15 million budget, I don’t think that’s the case).
And don’t let the open casting call above fool you, there is a script. The whole film will not be created using the open casting call submissions, although I’m sure some of the talents and ideas might be incorporated. Honestly, I’m not quite sure why this information is being kept secret, as it seems faily simple. I would have expected something being called Project X to be more elaborate, something more akin to Cloverfield. And while this has some interesting ideas, I’m not sure the reason for all the secrecy.
The film will begin production in June in LA, and Phillips reportedly intends to be produce in hands-on style before going to work on a sequel to The Hangover.