FilmNation Entertainment's Untitled Oren Peli Project commenced principal photography in Eastern Europe yesterday. The film is based on an original story by Oren Peli (Paranormal Activity, Insidious) who is also producing. Brad Parker is directing and Brian Witten (Dark City, Final Destination, Friday the 13th) is producing alongside Peli. Morten Søborg (In a Better World) has joined the production as cinematographer.
The Untitled Oren Peli Project starring Jesse McCartney has begun shooting
The film centers on a group of friends who become stranded in an eerie and desolate city. Abandoned years before in the aftermath of a nuclear disaster, nature has begun to reclaim everything. As the sun sets on this radioactive ghost town, inhuman cries cut through the night air. It seems they are not alone.
The ensemble cast includes Jonathan Sadowski, Devin Kelley, Jesse McCartney, Olivia Dudley, Nathan Phillips, Ingrid Bolsø Berdal and Dimitri Diatchenko.
Oren Peli said, "I love my job. I get to work with a talented director like Brad on the kind of scary movie I know I'd happily stand in line to see."
"I really couldn't be happier with our cast. We've brought together a group of fresh, talented young actors and they're all getting ready to give us nightmares! In the best possible way!", said producer Brian Witten.
FilmNation, who is fully financing the project, is handling international sales, and CAA and Linda Lichter are selling the film domestically.
"We looked at a lot of projects to find FilmNation's first fully-financed movie, there were plenty of possibilities. When we were presented with the brilliant concept of this film, coupled with Oren's pedigree it made the decision very easy", said FilmNation's Glen Basner.
Chernobyl Diaries was released May 25th, 2012 and stars Ingrid Bolsø Berdal, Dimitri Diatchenko, Olivia Dudley, Devin Kelley, Jesse McCartney, Nathan Phillips, Jonathan Sadowski, Milos Timotijevic. The film is directed by Bradley Parker.