As an example of how fickle, fleeting and ultimately ridiculous Hollywood can get, following the plug being pulled on Roland Emmerich's low budget, found footage project "The Zone" yesterday, Warner Bros. followed suit, putting into turnaround the found footage spec script "Dark Moon" they picked up only a couple of weeks ago for six figures. The twist? They're gonna end up releasing it anyway.
Joel's Silver's Dark Castle production shingle is now in negotiations to pick up the title. They will finance and produce the picture along Akiva Goldsman's Weed Road shingle with the film set to go into production this winter. Warner Bros. will still end up distributing thanks to Dark Castle's deal with the studio. Nice one, Hollywood.
Written and set to be directed by Olatunde Osunsanmi (”The Fourth Kind”), the drama will purportedly utilize found footage to tell the story of a black ops moon mission that “explore(s) previously classified discoveries” with a sharp focus on their “disturbing consequences.” You will probably see this movie at least three or four times over thanks to "Skyline," "World Invasion: Battle Los Angeles," "Apollo 18" and "Super 8" all hitting in the next little while. It looks like "found footage"/alien invasion flicks are the genre equivalent of "fucking your best friend" comedies these days. At least Hollywood hasn't run out of ideas, right? [THR]