Dark Moon dropped and then rescued
It was just a few days ago that we heard about the film Apollo 18 which was being produced by Timur Bekmambetov, a “found footage” film which would tell the story of Apollo 18, one of the cancelled space missions, except in that story it wasn't cancelled, it was a top secret mission.
It was competing with a film called Dark Moon which followed Apollo 17, the last space mission to land on the moon, the longest manned flight, longest in lunar orbit and the longest surface expedition on the moon.
Well on the announcement of Apollo 18, Dark Moon was dropped. Except it seems that incredibly quickly it was saved, and like the Apollo 13 story, it was brought back from the brink at the last minute.
It seems that when Warner Bros. found out about the Timur Bekmambetov produced Apollo 18 film, they got cold feet and backed out, the Dark Moon project was dead.
Except Olatunde Osunsanmi, the writer and director, wasn't going to take this lying down, so according to The Hollywood Reporter Heat Vision, he went to a studio where the executives had already read their script and had liked it. Andrew Rona and Alex Heineman of Dark Castle were approached, they took the script to Joel Silver who agreed that the script should be bought, so they did.
Now, ironically indeed, the film is going to be made by Dark Castle which is a Warners-based production company for genre films, and once made it will be distributed by Warner Bros. How odd indeed.
The good news is that Dark Moon is still on and will compete against Apollo 18. The problem will be that these films need to be different enough to engage audiences, otherwise they will be battling all the way to the cinema, and which film is release second is the one that will suffer.