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Director Paul W.S. Anderson Finds Footage on The Reel

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Okay. Color us absolutely stymied. If there’s one thing that Paul W. S. Anderson’s shooting style does not lend itself to, it’s the very subdued cinéma vérité style found footage approach. Still, who could blame him for trying to get in on the craze?

From the Press Release
Leading independent studio Entertainment One (eOne) has joined forces with the dynamic and innovative team of Paul WS Anderson and Jeremy Bolt to develop a new one-hour psychological thriller series for television, THE REEL. The series spec was brought to eOne by talented first-time writer Adam D’Alba.

In this “found footage” series, a young documentarian searches for evidence of the supernatural. His first case concerns the mysterious last days of two teenagers and a serial killer, known as the Mirror Mask Killer, who uses various forms of psychological torment to exact bloody vengeance on its victims. THE REEL combines supernatural shocks in a case-per-week format that leads viewers through a season-long mystery.

“Adam D’Alba’s vision for the show and the opportunity to partner with Anderson and Bolt made it impossible not to jump on board this project,” said Noreen Halpern, President Dramatic Programming, eOne Television. “We’re thrilled to be involved with THE REEL; it’s exactly the kind of strong, creative and compelling material we look for.”

Marking THE REEL as his first television project, the series is created and written by Adam D’Alba, who has written in the horror genre since the fourth grade when he staged an adaptation of an episode of Are You Afraid of the Dark. THE REEL is executive produced by Paul WS Anderson and Jeremy Bolt, who successfully collaborated on previous films such as the box office hit Resident Evil franchise, including its newest installment Resident Evil 5 which is currently in production, as well as the horror cult favorite Event Horizon starring Laurence Fishburne and Sam Neill. eOne’s John Morayniss (The Firm, Hung), Noreen Halpern (Rookie Blue, Call Me Fitz) and Michael Rosenberg (Hung, The Riches) will also serve as executive producers.

“When we read Adam’s script, we were genuinely disturbed by the story and fascinated by the idea of a found footage TV show,” said Paul WS Anderson and Jeremy Bolt. “We are very grateful to the innovative eOne team for turning the idea into a reality.”

Let’s brace ourselves and hope for the best, shall we?

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Steve Barton

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  • G.D.

    ” If there’s one thing that Paul W. S. Anderson’s shooting style does not lend itself to, it’s the very subdued cinéma vérité style found footage approach.”

    Word to the wise, being an executive producer has nothing to do with actually making a series. Is it possible you didn’t know that? Or maybe you watch Supernatural and assume that because he’s an executive producer, McG actually shot the episode and not, you know, the person credited with DIRECTING the episode…