The Dinosaur Project to Stomp on Found Footage Flicks
It had to happen sooner or later. With the success of cinéma-vérité style films like Troll Hunter and of course Paranormal Activity, it was only a matter of time before Earth's real monsters had a go of it!
According to Screen Daily StudioCanal is financing and producing a new CGI dinosaur adventure film, tentatively titled The Dinosaur Project.
The film marks the directorial debut feature from CGI experts Sid Bennett and Tom Pridham, who recently formed their own production company Kent Films. StudioCanal is handling world sales and will launch the project at the EFM.
The project is described as “Jurassic Park meets Blair Witch in the style of District 9.” But producer Nick Hill also notes: “It’s not grainy hand-held; it will look beautiful and crisp and clear.”
The Dinosaur Project will tell the story of a father-son expedition in the Congo, being followed by a TV documentary crew. After all the parties mysteriously go missing, recovered footage shows stunning images of dinosaurs thought to be extinct for 65 million years.
Hill, who is producing the Kent Films project, said, “With StudioCanal, Optimum Releasing and two of the most talented young filmmakers that I have ever met, we will bring this story from the depths of the Congo jungle to audiences around the world. It’s a real thrill ride! The creatures will be a mix of dinosaurs we know and love and some we’ve never seen before.”
Casting is under way as we speak and shooting is set to commence mid-May for around six weeks. Look for more soon!
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