Warner Bros. and Akiva Goldsman’s Weed Road have purchased the rights to the Olatunde Osunsanmi script, Dark Moon. The producers reportedly paid high six-figures for the drama with Osunsanmi set to direct as well. The script presumes that 1972’s Apollo 17 launch was not the final lunar landing mission of the program and, according to Deadline, “uses found footage to make the case for a black ops post-Apollo mission sent to the moon to explore previously classified discoveries and its unintended and disturbing consequences.”
The “found footage” approach is a familiar one for Osunsanmi who also wrote/directed 2009’s The Fourth Kind. While that film was largely hammered by critics, it made around $48 million worldwide against a modest budget estimated to have been in and/or around the $10 million range. In addition to Dark Moon, Osunsanmi is also attached to direct the action/thriller The Commuter for Gold Circle Films and has adapted Robert Buettner’s alien-attack novel Orphanage for Davis Entertainment.