Wednesday, November 4, 2009

NEWS: Oren Peli's Area 51 Gets Some Leads...

During their coverage of the American Film Market, Bloody Disgusting came across the names of the three leads for Paranormal Activity director Oren Peli’s next film, Area 51. The names are all unknowns, which is a great relief, as for most film makers, after a hit like PA, they would easily go Hollywood and look for standard lead actor picks. The three actors are Reid Warner, Darrin Bragg, and Ben Rovne.

The only one to really see the screen is Warner, and hasn’t been in much besides guest spots on The Unit and Eli Stone. The budget of the film is also a hint at what to expect, as it is somewhere right around $5 million, and can be expected that the majority of that will be put to effects.

Here is what /Film has to say on the upcoming film:

Peli began shooting Area 51, another found-video thriller which is described as a “claustrophobic terror”, last month in Utah. Peli is trying to keep details under wraps, saying “I’d rather not say anything about ‘Area 51′ except that I am very pleased to be working with the same team who stood by me for the two or three years it took ‘Paranormal Activity’ to get into theaters.”

Sure, I’m not the worlds biggest Paranormal Activity fan, but honestly, the idea of a found footage horror film set in Area 51 sounds like a film straight out of my dreams. Alien films have been scarce lately, and it is about time that this generation gets their Fire In The Sky. The idea of this film interests me like very few have, and I can’t wait to get a chance to find out more about it. Here’s the full press release:


LOS ANGELES, October 6, 2009 - Writer-director Oren Peli is set to start production next week on AREA 51, his follow-up to the supernatural chiller PARANORMAL ACTIVITY which after creating exceptional underground notoriety since its production in 2007 is now in the early stages of its US release by Paramount.

The AREA 51 storyline is a closely guarded secret but is reputedly centered around three teenagers whose curiosity leads them to the legendary and mysterious Area 51 Air Force base deep in the Nevada desert. AREA 51 will, like PARANORMAL ACTIVITY employ a “found footage” narrative strategy. Though Peli will enjoy a significantly larger budget than the $11,000 he spent to make PARANORMAL ACTIVITY, he will continue to work with undiscovered actors.

AREA 51 is produced by Jason Blum under his Blumhouse Productions banner, with Room 101’s Steven Schneider and IM Global chief Stuart Ford serving as executive producers. The film was co-financed by Aramid Entertainment Fund and Incentive Filmed Entertainment, with IM Global handling worldwide sales and CAA co-repping the title in the U.S.

PARANORMAL ACTIVITY has enjoyed sell out midnight screenings in 33 cities over recent weeks and Paramount is set to expand the film to around the clock screenings in 40 cities this weekend.

Said Peli: “Actually, I’d rather not say anything about AREA 51 except that I am very pleased to be working with the same team who have stood by me for the two or three years it took PARANORMAL ACTIVITY to get into theatres.”

Said Blum: “Oren has already proven that he has a unique gift for using technology and our inherent fear of the unknown to tell simple yet emotionally compelling stories. In this case his canvas is just a little larger.”

Said David Molner, Chairman of both Incentive and Aramid Capital Partners:” Not since ‘Blair Witch’ has such innovative film-making set off such a stampede among young movie audiences. We are proud and privileged to be in business with Oren and Jason and our longtime partners at IM Global.”

Said Ford: “We’ve already had a crazy ride with Oren and Jason on PARANORMAL ACTIVITY that looks set to get even crazier. It’s exciting to be launching into AREA 51 with Oren just as a worldwide audience is discovering his thrilling debut.”

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