Bad Robot Sets Up Low Budget Thriller About a Nuclear Invasion (Maybe?)

By April 4, 2014

Too often, when we hear the words “Bad Robot,” it applies to another big budget feature from J.J. Abrams and company, something we’re already anticipating, no big surprise, just more of the same. Not this time!

The Wrap reports that Bad Robot and Paramount Pictures are teaming up to make what used to be the Bad Robot bread and butter – a low budget feature with a secret(ish) plotline. Good stuff.

The outlet reports that Dan Trachtenberg will direct the film, titled Valencia, which has been penned by Dan Casey, who rewrote an original draft from Josh Campbell and Matt Stuecken (who has produced films like G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra). Paramount bought the film a couple of years ago, and has reportedly been working on it since. Although the film does come with some trademark Bad Robot secrecy, we do know a little bit about it, as The Wrap shares that “the majority of the movie takes place in an underground cellar, home to a teenage girl and a caretaker. The girl woke up in the cellar after a car accident, at which point her eerie companion tells her a nuclear attack has devastated society. The girl still hopes to escape.”

Dan Trachtenberg

Raise your hand if you think there’s no nuclear attack. Intriguing, right?

The film will be made by Paramount’s low budget arm – Paramount Insurge – and will reportedly cost around $5 million.

Although the film will be Trachtenberg’s feature debut, his name might sound familiar to you. The director has churned out some cool commercials over the years, but he’s also long been on the cusp of hitting the big time, thanks to things like his buzzy spec short film Portal: No Escape and a string of directorial attachments. Although Trachtenberg has been set to direct films like Crime of the Century (a sci-fi actioner) and the Y: The Last Man adaptation, it looks like Valencia will beat both of those out to be his first film.

Valencia will start shooting sometime this fall.

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Kate Erbland
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