Michael Bay, you’ve done it again.
Apparently eager to jump on the “found footage” subgenre bandwagon, Bay is developing a film called Almanac through his Platinum Dunes production company. The Hollywood Reporter broke the story saying that after a year of development at Dunes, the film has been picked by Paramount Pictures who are reportedly, “move aggressively and swiftly with it.”
Not much is known about the story, but it’s supposed that it will be in the same vein as fellow “found footage” film Chronicle, except the focus is time travel, not superpowers. Screenwriters Andrew Stark and Jason Pagan wrote the screenplay on spec and Dean Israelite (cousin of Battle: LA director Jonathan Liebesman) has been tapped as director for the potential project.
In keeping with the popular perception of Bay, this is a no-brainer. Bay’s success as a film producer is evident with low cost remakes of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Friday the 13th, and found footage films are notoriously low budget and buzz worthy, which makes them financially successful. And with Looper’s success at the box office, more time travel is on the menu from idea-less studios.
But who cares? More Bay-bashing! Coming soon to a theater near you. What say you, Bastards? Are you at least interested?