The American moviegoing public will believe anything they see.
That's apparently the perception of the bigwigs at NASA because the agency has released a statement, reassuring people that there was no Apollo 18 mission that landed on the moon — and just in case the dense American public can't then make the next leap, that no astronauts on the non-existant mission encountered something on the moon and never made it back.
Bert Ulrick, NASA's liaison for multimedia, film and television collaborations, spoke to the L.A. Times to calm public fears about the "found footage" movie.
Apollo 18 is not a documentary. The film is a work of fiction, and we always knew that. We were minimally involved with this picture. We never even saw a rough cut. The idea of portraying the Apollo 18 mission as authentic is simply a marketing ploy. Perhaps a bit of a Blair Witch Project strategy to generate hype. Some Possible Future Press Releases >> Posted 09.02.11 by Chris
After revealing three preview clips and a new trailer this week, Dimension Films has offered another new clip from its "found footage" sci-fi horror movie, Apollo 18.
Based on the canceled Apollo 18 lunar mission, Apollo 18 operates under the idea that the mission did happen, and the footage shows that the reason space shuttles were never sent back to moon. Apparently the astronauts (Lloyd Owen and Warren Christie) discovered something really bad on the moon's surface.
In the latest preview clip, released by Yahoo!, sees one of the Apollo 18 astronauts (Owen) go wild inside the shuttle with a hammer. watch the clip >> Posted 08.31.11 by Ryan
With Apollo 18 opening this week, Dimension Films has been working overtime to get the word out, releasing not just one preview clip, but (ultimately) three clips total in the past week. The latest promotional offering is a new theatrical trailer which delivers a fresh look at the sci-fi horror movie.
It's based on the conspiracy theory that NASA actually launched the Apollo 18 mission in secret; in reality, the mission was planned and then canceled. Whether you think the movie is just "found-footage" of a real mission as its being marketed, or realize it's just a movie, Apollo 18 shows that the astronauts (played, or "played", by Lloyd Owen and Warren Christie) find something on the moon that has kept lunar landings from happening ever since. watch the trailer >> Posted 08.30.11 by Ryan
Now that Dimension Films finally has a release date for Apollo 18 that it appears to be sticking to, the studio has started to actively promote the movie, with TV spots airing in heavy rotatation and the release of preview clips online. A "found-footage" sci-fi horror movie produced by Timur Bekmambetov (Wanted), Apollo 18 is based on the conspiracy theory that NASA ended the Apollo mission because it found...something...on the moon. A preview clip from the movie released last week showed that the Apollo 18 astronauts (played by Lloyd Owen and Warren Christie) found footprints on the moon that were not made by U.S. astronauts. Now, two new preview clips have been released that further the mystery by showing that the astronauts found more than just footprints. watch the new preview clips >> Posted 08.29.11 by BrentJS
After numerous delays, the "found-footage" sci-fi horror movie Apollo 18 (think "The Blair Witch Project on the moon") from producer Timur Bekmambetov (Wanted) will open in theaters next week and Dimension Films has released a new preview clip to help promote its debut.
Written by Brian Miller and directed by Gonzalo López-Gallego, Apollo 18 takes place in December 1974 and centers around a mission to the moon that NASA claims never took place. NASA cancelled the program after Apollo 17, but the movie proposes that there was another mission, an 18th mission, and that the astronauts (played by Lloyd Owen and Warren Christie) who landed on the moon discovered that it was already occupied...by something deadly. watch the new preview clip >> Posted 08.26.11 by BrentJS
For a while, it seemed like The Weinstein Company was never going to finalize a release date for their upcoming "found-footage" sci-fi horror movie Apollo 18, which changed dates not once but two, three and four times — finally landing on September 2nd two months ago.
With the release date finally settled, the studio can now concentrate on promoting the movie, which follows the 1974 space mission that NASA claims never existed and shows "what really happened." The latest promotional offerings include a new international poster, as well as a new promo clip, which plays very much like a TV spot. The footage only varies slightly from the most recent trailer, but, amongst other changes, adds a different ending in line with the new poster. watch the preview >> Posted 08.10.11 by Ryan
After changing the release date four times, The Weinstein Company is celebrating the (hopefully) final release date for their upcoming sci-fi movie Apollo 18 with a new theatrical trailer. Could this mean that the constant shuffling is over?
To recap: Apollo 18 was originally going to open in March, then was quickly moved to April 22nd, then delayed until January 2012, moved back to August 26th, and, finally, landed on September 2nd.
Clearly a movie that The Weinstein Company wants to release at precisely the right moment, Apollo 18 is a "found footage" movie that follows astronauts on the 1974 space mission that NASA claims never happened and shows "what really happened." Are we spoiling things to say the mission doesn't go well? watch the new trailer >> Posted 06.25.11 by Ryan
Once again, The Weinstein Company has moved Apollo 18 to another release date.
Initially set to open in March, the "found footage" sci-fi movie was pushed to April 22 and then delayed until January 2012 before it was re-routed back to late summer 2011. But this lunar landing is making like a shuttle launch with (hopefully) one more date change.
According to Box Office Mojo, Apollo 18 will open on September 2 (for now), opposite lake shark horror movie Shark Night 3D and the thriller The Debt starring Helen Mirren and Sam Worthington. In the previous Aug. 26 weekend, Apollo 18 would have competed at the box office against action thriller Colombiana and fellow horror movie Don't Be Afraid of the Dark, which should not be confused with the Spider-Man musical on Broadway.
Apollo 18 was written by Brian Miller, and is the English-language debut for director Gonzalo López-Gallego. Timur Bekmambetov (Wanted) produced the movie, which follows the 1973 space mission that NASA claims never happened and shows "what really happened." Posted 06.01.11 by Ryan
The scheduling dance continues.
Already set for an August 26 release, director Steven Quale's 3-D sequel Final Destination 5 has been moved back two weeks to August 12, ComingSoon reports.
According to our Summer Movie Guide, that puts Final Destination 5 next to fellow horror movie Don't Be Afraid of the Dark, the action/comedy 30 Minutes or Less, and the drama The Help.
The sequel again follows a group of survivors after a premonition thwarts death, with the fifth movie involving a suspension bridge disaster. Emma Bell (Frozen), Nicholas D'Agosto (Fired Up), and P.J. Byrne (Dinner for Schmucks) star. Apollo 18 on the move >> Posted 04.29.11 by Ryan
The "found footage" sci-fi movie Apollo 18 quickly gained attention, especially after the release of the movie's first trailer, which shows "what really happened" on a 1973 space mission that NASA claims never happened at all. The trailer was seen over 4.3 million times in its first six days, prompting studio head Bob Weinstein to try and continue its success by telling Entertainment Weekly that all the footage is "real."
People intrinsically know there are secrets being held from us. Look at WikiLeaks: There are secrets that are really true to the world. It’s not bogus. We didn’t shoot anything. We found it. Found baby!
Initially scheduled for a March 4 release, the Weinstein Co. delayed the release of Apollo 18 until April 22. Now, the movie has been delayed again until January 6, 2012. No reason was given for the delay, though the culprit could be that the movie recently wrapped production on January 13 (or should we say it was found on January 13). That leaves eight months to peruse the movie's viral site to find more secret Apollo 18 documents.
Brian Miller wrote the script for Apollo 18, which was directed by Gonzalo López-Gallego in his English-language debut. Timur Bekmambetov (Wanted) produced the movie. Posted 03.31.11 by Ryan