Michael Bay Casts Found Footage Movie 'Almanac' (Exclusive)
Rising actors Jonny Weston and Sofia Black-D’Elia are in negotiations to star in Almanac, Paramount’s found footage movie being produced by Michael Bay and his Platinum Dunes partners Brad Fuller and Andrew Form.
Almanac is one of two competing found footage projects that has time travel at its core. DreamWorks is making Glimmer, and earlier this week THR reported that Shameless star Jeremy Allen White was the first person to board that production.
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Both projects are attempting to keep a tight a lid on their respective details. It is known, however, that Glimmer revolves around a time portal while Almanac centers on the creation of a time machine.
Almanac is being directed by Dean Israelite and written by first-time writers Andrew Stark and Jason Pagan. It will shoot this summer in Atlanta.
The project has a budget in the $12 million range, according to sources, while Glimmer’s is in the $15 million range.
Black-D’Elia tested for Bay during the filmmaker’s search for the female lead in Transformers 4. She was previously part of MTV’s short-lived Skins TV series and recurred on The CW’s Gossip Girl.
Weston is best known for starring opposite Gerard Butler in Chasing Mavericks, the surfing adventure drama from Fox 2000 and Walden Media.
Weston and Black-D’Elia are repped by ICM Partners. Weston is additionally repped by 3 Arts Entertainment while Black-D'Elia by Brookside Artists.
Paramount did not comment.
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