JJ Abrams‘ Bad Robot has signed commercial director Dan Trachtenberg to direct their latest project, the thriller VALENCIA, for Paramount Pictures’ Insurge division, according to The Wrap. The film has been greenlit for a fall start.
Trachtenberg, a successful director of commercials and short films, has been attached to several movies over the past few years, including the film version of the cult classic Y THE LAST MAN, but will be making his feature debut with VALENCIA. With this being a JJ Abrams project, many of the details are being kept under wraps but we do know that Trachtenberg will direct from a script by Dan Casey, who rewrote an earlier draft by Josh Campbell and Matt Stuecken. As for the plot of the film, The Wrap shared...
The majority of the movie takes place in an underground cellar, home to a teenage girl and a caretaker. The girl woke up in the cellar after a car accident, at which point her eerie companion tells her a nuclear attack has devastated society. The girl still hopes to escape.
The movie will cost around $5 million, in keeping with Insurge's mandate to release microbudget fare. The distributor bought the project a couple of years ago, and it has been in development ever since.
In August 2011, Trachtenberg released a spec short film called "Portal: No Escape", based in the world of the video game "Portal". It’s since generated almost 14 million views on YouTube and got him big Hollywood meetings which has led to VALENCIA. Check it out below and stay tuned for more from VALENCIA as we hear it.