Oren Peli-Produced Horror Thriller Chernobyl Diaries Set For Meltdown This Spring
Posted 02.15.12 by Ryan
Since making his directorial debut with Paranormal Activity, Oren Peli has been working mostly as a producer — including two Paranormal Activity sequels, Insidious, and the currently-airing ABC series The River. While Peli might someday finish his second directorial effort, Area 51, he already has another completed producing project opening this year.
According to Deadline, the Peli-produced horror thriller Chernobyl Diaries has been acquired by Alcon Entertainment. The story, created by Peli, takes place in the city of Prypiat, where the workers for the Chernobyl nuclear reactor once lived. When a group of friends vacationing in Europe finds themselves stranded in the abandoned city, they soon discover they are not alone.
Written by Shane Van Dyke (who ironically wrote and directed the 2009 Paranormal Activity rip-off Paranormal Entity) and Carey Van Dyke (The Day the Earth Stopped), Chernobyl Diaries was the directorial debut for visual effects supervisor Brad Parker (Let Me In). Alcon's Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson will executive produce.
"Alcon is thrilled to have acquired this unique, thoughtful and very frightening film," said Kosove and Johnson. "The content is all the more terrifying given that it’s based on reality."
Chernobyl Diaries will be released by Warner Bros. on Memorial Day this year.