Producer Jason Blum updates Shock Till You Drop on a few of the pics he has in the pipeline:
Paranormal Activity 3 and the recent hiring of Catfish directors Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman:
"Scares aren't scary unless you believe the family relationships. You have to buy into the conceit that the footage is real, and that's why we selected those directors. I think the scares will come. I don't think you want to reverse engineer a movie. Story first, scares will come out of that."
The Amityville Horror: The Lost Tapes:
"[Daniel Farrands.and Casey La Scala] came to me and said they wanted to do a found footage version of Amityville and they had the rights to do it. I knew [Bob Weinstein and Harvey Weinstein] had the rights to do it. I said, lets take it to Bob and not fight him but join him - I worked for Bob and Harvey for five years - and we pitched it to Bob, and he threw it into production. We're making our movie and releasing in January."
Oren Peli's Area 51.:
"Area 51 is like Paranormal Activity. The additional photography for Paranormal Activity, we went back 50 times. The great thing about doing extra shooting for inexpensive movies is that the cost is low, so we screen and shoot and screen and shoot. Oren and I were pulled away from Area 51 a lot for the second Paranormal. Once that came out, we ramped up on Area 51 again. I anticipate the movie will be mostly done in about three or four months. They can't set a release date yet until we do all of that."
Blum adds that Area 51, depending on the competitive release schedule, could be released this year instead of 2012.
Does anyone else notice that Blum is peoducing three flicks for the same "found footage" sub-genre? If it ain't broke eh?