Director chosen for AREA 52!

Not to be confused with the adaptation of the video game Area 51, this one sounds a little like The Thing!

Books, comic books, t.v. shows, remakes and sequels must make up around 70% of studio's big output these days, with the 'illustrated medium' usually producing the most profitable and bankable results. So it really shouldn't surprise us even when a studio picks up a six year defunct comic book mini-series. Variety say the 2001 Image Comics four part series Area 52 has been setup at Benderspink with Chris Bender and JC Spink on board to produce. Steven C. Miller will direct his first mainstream movie with this project, after his first 80 minute low budget zombie horror flick Automation Transfusion has garnered great buzz around the festival circuit. Rookie writer Jack Phillips has scribed the screenplay for this, so it's completely new talent behind this movie...


This project should not be confused with the adaptation of the video game Area 51 which was picked up in April by Paramount Pictures which Grant Morrison is currently re-writing. This is a completely different project...
At a storage facility in Antarctica that houses top-secret alien wares after Nevada's Area 51 is done testing them, an Army nurse must restore order after a mercenary attack has unleashed a menacing terror.
Sounds like it has clearly been influenced by The Thing. I don't know the series and obviously I don't know the guys writing and directing the movie as it's their first feature but I'm all for new talent getting their opportunity with this kind of project, so I wish them well. Wonder how/if this will effect Paramount's Area 52 and the possibility of a name change somewhere down the road.
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