Spurred by the success of low-budget features like Paranormal Activity, Lionsgate has announced three “microbudget” films in its upcoming slate. The comedies Rapturepalooza and Gay Dude along with the horror film 6 Miranda Drive, will all be made for under $2 million a piece. Lionsgate currently has up to 10 films planned under its new microbudget umbrella.
Hit the jump for details on all three films.
As we reported earlier today, Craig Robinson will play the Anti-Christ in Rapturepalooza and THR describes the project as “Zombieland meets The Big Lebowski“. The story takes place after the rapture and centers on a couple of sandwich cart owners trying to make their way in a post-apocalyptic wasteland. Screenwriter Chris Matheson (Imagine That) wrote the script and will produce alongside Robinson. Paul Middleditch (Separation City) will direct.
Gay Dude is from Parks and Recreation writer Alan Yang and the script landed on the Black List (a list of the best unproduced screenplays in Hollywood). The story is a coming of age tale in the vein of Superbad, but with an interesting twist: “Best friends Matty and Michael decide to lose their virginity before graduating from high school, but their quest takes an unexpected turn when Matty tells Michael he’s gay.”
Of these microbudget features, Rapturepalooza and Gay Dude sound very promising. The same can’t be said of 6 Miranda Drive, which sounds like a generic horror film:
6 MIRANDA DRIVE is a supernatural thriller in the vein of POLTERGEIST, from Greg Mclean who wrote and directed the cult classic horror film WOLF CREEK. Based on true events, the movie is about a family that unwittingly brings a supernatural force home with them from vacation. Feeding off their own fears, the evil presence threatens to destroy them from within as it takes over their lives and home, with terrifying results.
So if you were terrified by The Amityville Horror or The Haunting in Connecticut or any other “Suburban Life Destroyed by Supernatural Horror”-type flick, then you’ll probably be jazzed for 6 Miranda Drive.