It seems like we’ve been hearing about Paranormal Activity director Oren Peli’s Area 51 film for years, and that’s probably because we have. But now the long-shelved sci-fi horror flick will finally see the light of day.
The film has been in the works since way back in 2009, and, up until now, the last update on the project came in 2013, when Peli said he was still tweaking some stuff in post-production. Two years later, this movie is finally getting released. Paramount Insurge has announced a limited engagement for the film at 16 Alamo Drafthouse theaters, where it will run exclusively from May 15-17. It’s also set for a video-on-demand release May 15.
Back when Peli was a hot commodity in the wake of Paranormal Activity, Area 51 looked like a potentially buzzy project, taking the found-footage style and tossing in a sci-fi twist and a bigger budget. But a lot of years have passed since then, and you could argue the found-footage shtick has just about run its course at this point. Factor in that this film is, essentially, 4+ years old at this point? Yeah, there’s reason to worry.
To try and build a little buzz, the studio has dropped a long (long, long)-awaited trailer which looks like it should appeal to found-footage fans. Does it look groundbreaking? No, not really. But this journey by a group of friends to break into Area 51 could still at least make for a fun romp. Hopefully.
Check out the trailer below and let us know what you think: