With less than half a year remaining until its scheduled premiere (March 4, 2011), Timur Bekmambetov’s latest producer project “Apollo 18” got a new director – Gonzalo Lopez-Gallego, who replaced previously attached Trevor Caewood.
Spaniard Lopez-Gallego has directed several films to date, including “King of The Hill” (El Rey de La Montana) which was released by Dimension Films, run by Bob Weinstein – therefore he’s no stranger to The Weinstein Company producing “Apollo 18.” While Caewood was originally going to provide visual effects for the film through his own company, Bekmambetov, who’s pressed for time, will give that task to his own Moscow-based team.
There is still no clarifications about the plot of the movie which focuses on “found footage” from Apollo 18 – a real moon mission, which was actually cancelled by NASA, but according to urban legend, it did secretly take place in the 70s, and has recorded some interesting alien activity.
The reasons why The Weinstein Company is so casually “toying” with directors for this one is quite simple – it’s clearly a cheap production, which will merely capitalize on the current fake documentary trend, and likely to return investment in either case. If people enjoy watching invisible demons shot on a primitive night-vision home camera (“Paranormal Activity 1 & 2”), they would hardly miss what sounds like a very similar take – on the “Alien.”