Timur Bekmambetov producing secret sci-fi flick

The Weinstein company have picked up a super-secret alien movie produced by Timur Bekmambetov.

As announced by Deadline, Bekmambetov, the director of Nightwatch and Wanted , is producing Apollo 18 , a found-footage sci-fi thriller that takes its name from a cancelled shuttle mission.

This extraterrestrial thriller has crept into production extremely quietly, and will apparently be released in US cinemas on March 4 2011. The stealthy sci-fi has obviously taken the lead from Cloverfield , which also snuck in under the radar.

The release date gives Apollo 18 the chance to get in ahead of the glut of found-footage sci-fiers due out next year, including Super 8 , and Oren Paranormal Activity Peli's Area 51 .

The premise, and the based-on-fact angle, are certainly intriguing, and we'll be keeping a close eye on this one. Bekmambetov's next directing gig will be Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter , which is set for release in 2012.

Source: Deadline

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Matt Maytum
Deputy Editor, Total Film

I'm the Deputy Editor at Total Film magazine, looking after the long-form features there, and generally obsessing over all things Nolan, Kubrick and Pixar. Over the past decade I've worked in various roles for TF online and in print, including at GamesRadar+, and you can often hear me nattering on the Inside Total Film podcast. Bucket-list-ticking career highlights have included reporting from the set of Tenet and Avengers: Infinity War, as well as covering Comic-Con, TIFF and the Sundance Film Festival.