Timur Bekmambetov Gets into the Found Footage Game with Apollo 18

Who knew there were so many interesting footages of interesting stuff happening to interesting people just laying around everywhere? If Hollywood is to be believed, there are ghosts, aliens, and all kinds of monsters just sitting in some old film rolls around the country, possibly even in your parent’s basement right now, as I type this! If you’re smart, you’ll run home now and try to find some and possibly even sell them. You can pretend like you’re actually visiting your parents; I’m sure they’ll appreciate that.

Anyways, the latest director to get into the whole “found footage” gag is Timur Bekmambetov, who has teamed up with the Weinstein Company on a new sci-fi thriller called “Apollo 18”.

So what’s it about? Glad you asked:

Set to be shot documentary style, the film unearths lost footage from Apollo 18’s undocumented and covert mission to the moon, revealing disturbing new evidence of other life forms.

Bekmambetov won’t direct (he’s way too busy for that; dude has, like, a gazillion projects on his plate at the moment), but he’ll produce for TWC.

“Apollo 18” is an original script from Brian Miller, who is the winner of the inaugural Astana International Action Film Festival screenplay competition, which just happens to have been founded by Timur Bekmambetov in order to search out new writers. Get it? Timur Bekmambetov founded the competition, then found Brian Miller, essentially finding the “found footage” movie?

Oh man, I crack me up.

Apparently it doesn’t take a whole lot to shoot and produce a found footage movie, because TWC has already given the film a March 2011 release date. I reckon they’ll cast some cheap unknown actors (you know, for the “natural” acting) and they’ll slam-bang this sucker together over the weekend or thereabouts.

'Look, everyone, I 'found' this camera looking doohickey. Sweet!'