The buzz being generated by the supernatural phenomenon known as Paranormal Activity, has helped it’s director Oren Peli bankroll his next project. Peli has been discreetly working on a sci-fi film that centers on the much talked about, Area 51. The new film will mimic the low budget feel of the Blair Witch Project, and will also focus on a group of young explorers as they document their journey.
According to Variety, Peli starts production on Area 51 next week, and will employ the “found footage” narrative structure to tell the story of three teens whose curiosity leads them to the notorious Area 51, which is part of Nellis Air Force Base in the Nevada desert. The production budget for Paranormal Activity was a mere 11 grand and for his latest film, the director was able to secure 5 million dollars. For Area 51, Peli will once again work with producers Jason Blum, who worked on Paranormal and Room 101′s Steven Schneider.
The director is choosing to keep any specific details regarding the film hush, hush, so not much is known beyond the basic outline of the plot.
“I’d rather not say anything about ‘Area 51′ except that I am very pleased to be working with the same team who stood by me for the two or three years it took Paranormal Activity to get into theaters,” Peli said.
Could we have another Blair Witch on our hands? I’d love to say yes, but I don’t think any film will be able to repeat the buzz of that movie. The one thing Blair Witch had on its side was the element of surprise. No one knew that the movie was fake when it first came out. We all thought it was real hand held footage spliced together for a horror documentary. That’s the reason it made so much money, viewers couldn’t figure it out.
This time around, we know it’s fake and that everything involved is premeditated. I’d love to see something outside of the box again, but it will have to take a different approach to work.
What do you think of Oren Peli developing Area 51?