Update: Lionsgate NOT Taking Us to The Bay in October

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Well. This is a bit on the strange side given the lack of any fanfare or news. If the following report from The Georgetown Times is to be believed, we may just be seeing Barry Levinson’s tale of things gone horribly awry in a small town, The Bay, this October.

According to The Times the ecological horror movie that involved a large cast of people from Georgetown County will be released in October. This is according to the S.C. Film Commission, who heard from the producers of The Bay that the film would be released later this year.

The movie, first called Isopod, has no trailer and no movie poster. There is still no exact day that the movie will be released.

The film, which cost about $2 million to produce, was directed by Oscar-winning producer Barry Levinson. It is one in a series of horror films that includes Insidious and Paranormal Activity.

We’ll try and confirm this and get back to you soon.

Heard from Lionsgate. This is not happening in October.

Here’s Lionsgate’s original distro press release.

From the Press Release
Lionsgate Takes Us to The BayLIONSGATE® (NYSE: LGF), a leading global entertainment company, announced that it has acquired U.S. distribution rights to Barry Levinson’s found footage eco-horror film THE BAY from Alliance Films. The announcement was made jointly by Joe Drake, President of the Motion Picture Group, and Jason Constantine, President of Acquisitions and Co-Productions.

From the producers of the PARANORMAL ACTIVITY franchise, the film is the next installment in their series following INSIDIOUS, and chronicles an unprecedented biological disaster unleashed from the waters of the Chesapeake Bay- an isopod parasite, carrying a horrific untreatable disease, that jumps from fish to human hosts. The true horror and scope of the event unfolds on footage captured on home videos and the internet by the town’s victims.

“Ingenious genre films are and always will be a specialty at Lionsgate,” explained Drake of the choice to acquire the film. “THE BAY is a shining example of the kind of truly fresh horror film that audiences are always ready for, and that we excel at eventizing with them. Thanks to Barry, we’ll all be afraid to go in the water for years to come.”

Adds Constantine, “We have been big admirers of Jason Blum, Steven Schneider and Oren Peli since their breakout hit PARANORMAL ACTIVITY, and are thrilled to be in business with them. This film works so effectively because it establishes a very natural, everyday world, places the audience intimately within it, and then sits back as everything takes a horrific turn. Barry has incorporated found footage to the most satisfying possible effect, and it’s all the scarier for not relying on anything supernatural.”

“It’s exciting to see a company like Lionsgate embrace The Bay so enthusiastically. The found footage / multiplatform approach opened up the film to creative possibilities I hadn’t encountered in my previous films, and I think these sorts of films will only continue to push boundaries as the technology changes,” said director Barry Levinson.

The film was directed by Levinson, from a script he co-wrote with Michael Wallach. THE BAY was produced by Levinson, Jason Blum, Steven Schneider, and Oren Peli, and co-produced by Mythodic Films, with Brian Kavanaugh-Jones, Jason Sosnoff, Colin Strause, and Greg Strause executive producing.

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