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The moon is the location of dueling "found footage" movies

11.10.2010

Hollywood tends to either copy itself, or just happens to simultaneously tap the zeitgeist and/or collective unconscious. Which is how we get ARMAGEDDON vs. DEEP IMPACT, VOLCANO vs. DANTE'S PEAK, MISSION TO MARS vs. RED PLANET, ANTZ vs. A BUG'S LIFE, THE ILLUSIONIST vs. THE PRESTIGE, and so on. It's not always the audience who "wins".

The latest object up for competition seems to be the lunar surface. The Weinsteins are launching APOLLO 18, a documentary-style movie that "unearths lost footage from Apollo 18’s undocumented and covert mission to the moon, revealing disturbing new evidence of other life forms."

That one is being produced by omnipresent WANTED director Timur Bekmambetov, and will be directed by Trevor Cawood, an FX guy who worked on THE MATRIX sequels and shorts by DISTRICT 9 director Neill Blomkamp.

Meanwhile, Warner Bros. dumped the similar hot project DARK MOON the other day, only for Joel Silver's Dark Castle company to scoop it up (and will therefore have WB distribute it anyway). Like the Weinsteins' "found footage" project, this one is "based on the idea that NASA's manned moon missions did not stop with Apollo 17, and follows a black ops mission sent to explore previously classified lunar discoveries."

DARK MOON comes from writer-director Olatunde Osunsanmi (THE FOURTH KIND), and is also being produced by Akiva Goldsman (I AM LEGEND, JONAH HEX).

This sudden glut of "found footage" projects is supposedly what caused the demise of Roland Emmerich's planned low-budget alien invasion project THE ZONE.

Extra Tidbit: Hard to believe we're still racing to the moon. Guess they forgot about the Russian base that's been up there since the 70s. Oops, is that still a secret?
Source: Heat VisionDeadline

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4:06PM on 11/11/2010
Honestly this sounds fucking awesome.. in the right hands this could be some really, really good shit.
Honestly this sounds fucking awesome.. in the right hands this could be some really, really good shit.
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12:43PM on 11/11/2010
yeah im a sucker also for these found footage flicks.
yeah im a sucker also for these found footage flicks.
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11:56AM on 11/11/2010

Could we throw in ...

Top Gun and Iron Eagle???
Top Gun and Iron Eagle???
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11:48AM on 11/11/2010
Olatunde Osunsanmi ? The Fourth Kind sucked, but the other project sounds interesting.
Olatunde Osunsanmi ? The Fourth Kind sucked, but the other project sounds interesting.
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8:53AM on 11/11/2010
The audience definitely won with The Prestige and The Illusionst, I love both those movies. But yeah, I'm sure I'll check both these out. I'm a fan of "found footage" stuff.
The audience definitely won with The Prestige and The Illusionst, I love both those movies. But yeah, I'm sure I'll check both these out. I'm a fan of "found footage" stuff.
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11:51AM on 11/11/2010
I'm with you on both accounts.
I'm with you on both accounts.
3:48AM on 11/11/2010
Sounds good enough and "the illusionist" was awesome!
Sounds good enough and "the illusionist" was awesome!
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2:11AM on 11/11/2010
Nazi's live on the dark side of the moon and they will be coming back in 2018.
Nazi's live on the dark side of the moon and they will be coming back in 2018.
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12:49AM on 11/11/2010
You can't tell me the audience didn't win with Gordy vs Babe. I mean, haven't you ever had a bacon dog? Two pigs are better than one.
You can't tell me the audience didn't win with Gordy vs Babe. I mean, haven't you ever had a bacon dog? Two pigs are better than one.
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12:37AM on 11/11/2010

I'm VERY interested in the Apollo 18 one.

The ONLY found footage movie I am interested in, and I don't think that's gonna change anytime soon.
The ONLY found footage movie I am interested in, and I don't think that's gonna change anytime soon.
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11:39PM on 11/10/2010

ZOMBIE Nazi troops . . .

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11:33PM on 11/10/2010

ZOMBIE Nazi troops . . .

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11:05PM on 11/10/2010
There's Nazi troops up there, too.
There's Nazi troops up there, too.
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