Mike Fleming

Right before the liftoff of Apollo 18, Spanish filmmaker Gonzalo Lopez-Gallego has stepped into direct the Timur Bekmambetov-produced film which The Weinstein Company won in a bidding battle during AFM. Trevor Caewood was originally attached to direct the film, which was scripted by Brian Miller. Lopez-Gallego had an existing relationship with Dimension’s Bob Weinstein from when that label released his film King of the Hill. The production is on a very tight leash, since the film has been dated for a March 4, 2011 release date. Caewood was going to use his vfx company for the visual effects, but it became clear that because his company is busy on other projects, adding Apollo 18 would make it difficult to make the date. Bekmambetov will instead take the vfx in-house through his Moscow-based facility, Bazelevs, where the Apollo 18 work will be completed in time for its March release date before the studio focuses on Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, which Bekmambetov is directing for Fox. Deadline was first to reveal that TWC was acquiring Apollo 18, a documentary-style feature that is based on “found footage” from Apollo 18′s undocumented and covert mission to the moon, which revealed evidence of an alien life form.

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