What if there was one more Apollo mission, but it was kept so secret no one knew about it, until now? That is the premise behind Apollo 18, a “documentary” film being produced by The Weinstein Company based on a screenplay by Brian Miller, in which lost footage from Apollo 18’s undocumented and covert mission to the moon is unearthed, revealing disturbing new evidence of other life forms. Miller won the inaugural Astana International Action Film Festival screenplay competition in Kazakhstan this past summer, which was created by Wanted director Timur Bekmambetov. Trevor Cawood (The Matrix Reloaded, The Matrix Revolutions) will direct, with filming to start in December for a March release.
From the press release:
THE WEINSTEIN COMPANY ACQUIRES “APOLLO 18” AT AFM
Santa Monica, CA (November 7, 2010) – The Weinstein Company has acquired “Apollo 18,” the sci-fi thriller based on the screenplay by Brian Miller, winner of the inaugural Astana International Action Film Festival screenplay competition, founded by “Wanted” director Timur Bekmambetov. Trevor Cawood is set to direct the project.
Bekmambetov and Michele Wolkoff, President of Development for Bekmambetov Projects Ltd. (BPL) will produce the film.
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 announced the contest this spring, in conjunction with Kazakhstan’s first film festival held in Astana, Kazakhstan July 27-July 1, 2010. Five finalists from the United States, France, Kazakhstan, and the UK attended the film festival, which was a celebration of international action films. As part of the competition, Miller was awarded a cash prize and a development deal with BPL.