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Paramount Pictures hat sich die Rechte an der Verfilmung von Midway Games' SF-Spektakel "Area 51" gesichert...

Die U.S. Army hat ein besorgniserregendes Signal von Area 51 erhalten, wo gerade ein Virenausbruch die gesamte Forschungseinrichtung lahmgelegt hat, und die Quarantänemaßnahmen sämtliches wissenschaftliches und militärisches Personal in den Räumlichkeiten eingeschlossen hat. Eine Spezialeinheit unter der Führung von Ethan Cole von der HAZMAT-Abteilung für gefährliche Stoffe wurde dorthin entsandt, um die Vorgänge aufzuklären...

Ob und wann "Area 51" in die Kinos kommen wird, steht noch in den Sternen...



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[30.11.2009]
Variety.com berichtet über Oren Peli's "Area 51"...
Paramount Pictures has landed U.S. distribution rights to "Area 51," the Oren Peli-directed follow-up to the sleeper hit "Paranormal Activity." [...]
Peli had a much larger budget to work with on this extraterrestrial tale than he did for his ghost story, as sources said he brought the film in at a shade under $5 million.
Paramount made a high-seven figure commitment, said sources to become co-financier with Incentive Filmed Entertainment and the Aramid Entertainment Fund. The trio will be co-financing partners going forward on any sequels. [...]
Just as they did on "Paranormal Activity," Peli wrote and directed "Area 51" and Jason Blum is producing through his Blumhouse Productions banner. Room 101’s Steven Schneider, IM Global’s Ford and Amir Zbeda are executive producers.
Pic, which completed principal photography three weeks ago, was fully financed by Incentive and the Aramid Entertainment Fund. [...]
The film employs the "found footage" narrative structure that Peli used in "Paranormal Activity" to tell the story of three teens whose curiosity leads them to the notorious Area 51 portion of Nellis Air Force Base in the Nevada desert.
Fueled by the strong grosses of "Paranormal Activity," "Area 51" was one of the brisk sellers at the American Film Market. It has sold internationally almost everywhere except Japan and certain Eastern European markets where talks are ongoing. Key buyers include Momentum in the U.K., Concorde in Germany, Equilatero/Warners in Spain, Village Roadshow in Australia, Alliance in Canada, Playarte in Brazil, Gussi in Latin America, RCV in Benelux and Svensk in Scandinavia.
Studio and financiers confirmed the deal and said they were pleased to be teaming once again on a film that hasn’t yet set a release date but will surely find its way to theaters some time in 2010.
"Moviegoers everywhere demanded to see Oren Peli’s spectacular debut and we are excited to show them what he’s created next," said Par’s Goodman. [...]
As Peli and Blum go into postproduction on "Area 51," the next deal to be made will be for another installment of "Paranormal Activity," which will once again be done through Paramount.


[12.11.2009] Bei Latino Review gibt es eine Kritik zum Drehbuch von Oren Peli's "Area 51"... Vorsicht SPOILER !!!
[...] The "script" for Area 51 reads much like I imagine the "script" for Paranormal Activity did. It's basically a scene-by-scene breakdown with a list of various props, actors, and the general interactions between the actors and their surroundings. There is no written dialogue, but within the action descriptions are general ideas that the actors will be using to improvise their lines with on set. Unlike Paranormal Activity's single location, Area 51 is far more expansive in its setting. [...]

[07.10.2009] CS! meldet...
Writer/director Oren Peli is set to start production next week on Area 51, his follow-up to the supernatural chiller Paranormal Activity which after creating exceptional underground notoriety since its production in 2007, is now in the early stages of its US release by Paramount.
The Area 51 storyline is a closely guarded secret but is reputedly centered around three teenagers whose curiosity leads them to the legendary and mysterious Area 51 Air Force base deep in the Nevada desert. Area 51 will, like Paranormal Activity employ a "found footage" narrative strategy. Though Peli will enjoy a significantly larger budget than the $11,000 he spent to make Paranormal Activity, he will continue to work with undiscovered actors.
Area 51 is produced by Jason Blum under his Blumhouse Productions banner, with Room 101's Steven Schneider and IM Global chief Stuart Ford serving as executive producers. The film was co-financed by Aramid Entertainment Fund and Incentive Filmed Entertainment, with IM Global handling worldwide sales and CAA co-repping the title in the U.S.
Paranormal Activity has enjoyed sell out midnight screenings in 33 cities over recent weeks and Paramount is set to expand the film to around the clock screenings in 40 cities this weekend.
Said Peli: "Actually, I'd rather not say anything about 'Area 51' except that I am very pleased to be working with the same team who have stood by me for the two or three years it took 'Paranormal Activity' to get into theatres."
Said Blum: "Oren has already proven that he has a unique gift for using technology and our inherent fear of the unknown to tell simple yet emotionally compelling stories. In this case his canvas is just a little larger."
Said David Molner, Chairman of both Incentive and Aramid Capital Partners: "Not since 'Blair Witch' has such innovative film-making set off such a stampede among young movie audiences. We are proud and privileged to be in business with Oren and Jason and our longtime partners at IM Global."
Said Ford: "We've already had a crazy ride with Oren and Jason on 'Paranormal Activity' that looks set to get even crazier. It's exciting to be launching into 'Area 51' with Oren just as a worldwide audience is discovering his thrilling debut."


[26.09.2009] In einem Artikel bei LATimes.com wird ganz nebenbei erwähnt, dass Regisseur Oren Peli ("Paranormal Activity") als nächstes Projekt "Area 51" realisieren wird...

[20.10.2008] Splash Page meldet...
Grant Morrison is knee-deep in aliens these days as he finishes up a script for Paramount called "Area 51." And while you’ve seen Area 51 depicted a number of different ways in television and movies over the years - from "Independence Day" to "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull" - this one, he said, will offer something new. "It’s a new take on the mythology," Morrison promised.
Morrison’s version is an adaptation of the Midway video game, in which a viral outbreak shuts down a research facility, the scientific and military personnel are locked inside under quarantine, and a small special forces unit led by the hazardous materials division investigates. In the game, the main character from HAZMAT discovers that the mutated virus controls the minds of those infected, as well as an ancient alien colony buried beneath the facility, and he has to solve several mysteries and uncover many conspiracies - including men in black to the Illuminati - to prevent the virus from being released and mutating life on Earth.
"That’s the existing idea," Morrison said, "and I have to get to the core of that, dismantle it, and make it work. It’ll be a totally different view of the aliens and the whole mythology."
Any more than that, Morrison couldn’t say - he had signed a non-disclosure agreement, after all. But we hear that not only will the "Area 51" game provide some of the settings and environments, but so will "BlackSite: Area 51," the game’s sequel. Some of the characters will be the same, but there will be new characters as well. [...]


[23.11.2007] Heute erscheint "Blacksite: Area 51" für PS3, Xbox 360 und Windows-PC...

[25.05.2007] Bei Xbox360Welt.com gibt es erste Eindrücke zur "BlackSite"-Demo für Xbox 360...

[04.04.2007] CS! meldet...
Paramount Pictures has hired comic book author Grant Morrison to write the feature adaptation of videogame franchise Area 51.
Christine Peters will produce through her Par-based CFP Productions with Penn Station's Dean Georgaris and Michael Aguilar, along with Stan Winston.
Paramount picked up to the film rights to Area 51 from Midway Games in 2004. The game was released in April 2005. A spinoff game, "Blacksite: Area 51" will be released by Midway this summer.
Set in the U.S. government's most top-secret military facility, the storyline revolves around a hazardous materials specialist who is called in to investigate a viral outbreak that could be extra-terrestrial in nature.
Georgaris penned an earlier draft of Area 51.


[29.11.2006] IGN hat einen einen ersten Teaser-Trailer zum Actionspiel "BlackSite" veröffentlicht, dem Nachfolger von "Area 51"...

[20.08.2006] GameFront meldet...
Midways Austin Studio arbeitet an dem Shooter Area 52 für PlayStation3 und Xbox 360. Das teilt Midway in Stellenausschreibungen auf mehreren Websites mit. Es handelt sich um den Nachfolger von Area 51 (Xbox, PS2), ein Erscheinungstermin ist noch unklar. [...]

[04.02.2005] Bei GameSpot gibt es neue Infos zum Spiel....

[10.09.2004] CS! meldet...
Paramount has hired Dean Georgaris (Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life, Paycheck, The Manchurian Candidate) to write the script for thriller Area 51 and produce with partner Michael Aguilar under their Penn Station banner along with Christine Peters and Midway Games. [...]

[31.08.2004] CS! meldet...
Paramount Pictures has acquired worldwide film rights to Midway Games' upcoming video game Area 51. Christine Peters (How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days) will produce the live-action thriller in collaboration with Midway. The game is scheduled for release in March for PlayStation 2 and Xbox.
The game features the voice talent of David Duchovny, Powers Boothe, and Marilyn Manson. "Today's top games must deliver a complete and engrossing entertainment experience," said Steve Allison, chief marketing officer at Midway, about the game. "By utilizing the voice talents of some of Hollywood's most recognizable names combined with stunning graphics and sound, 'Area 51' will deliver a polished experience in all phases on par with the best games available."
David Duchovny (The X-Files) voices the game's lead character Specialist Ethan Cole, a special forces soldier specializing in hazardous materials investigations. Powers Boothe (Deadwood) provides the voice of Major Bridges, while infamous recording artist Marilyn Manson will deliver an unforgettable performance as Edgar, the gray alien.
In the game, the U.S. Army has received a distress signal from Area 51 where a viral outbreak has just shut down the research facility and the automated quarantine procedures have locked all scientific and military personnel inside.
A small Special Forces unit including Specialist Ethan Cole of the HAZMAT (hazardous materials) Division is sent to investigate. As Cole, players will delve into the massive levels within the confines of Area 51, discovering a deadly mutagenic side effect of the virus that controls the minds of those infected, as well as an ancient alien colony buried beneath the facility. Players will uncover the truth behind chilling conspiracies as they come across the remnants of the extraterrestrial crash at Roswell, alien autopsies, and the faked lunar landing. Cole must solve the enigma of Area 51 before the viral mutagen is released and irrevocably mutates all life on Earth.
Featuring online capabilities of up to 16 players, "Area 51" is the only action-packed 1st person shooter set in the U.S. government's most secret and secure military facility. Players' online "Area 51" experience will be enhanced with game modes such as Deathmatch, Team Deathmatch, Capture the Flag, and Humans vs. Alien Mutant Team Deathmatch.



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Area 51 - Lösungsbuch
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(2005)

Mit Hilfe dieser ausführlichen, mit Bildern versehenen Lösung, wird es Ihnen keinerlei Schwierigkeiten bereiten, das umfangreiche Spiel erfolgreich beenden zu können...

Wer mehr über die rätselhafte "Area 51" wissen möchte, dem empfehlen wir folgendes Buch...

Andreas von Rétyi
Streng geheim
Area 51 und die "Schwarze Welt"

Gebundene Ausgabe
253 Seiten (Oktober 2001)

Die "Area 51", inmitten der Wüste des US-Bundesstaates Nevada gelegen, ist das geheimste militärische Testgelände der Welt. Dort, verborgen hinter hohen Berggipfeln, testen Militär und Geheimdienste modernste Technologie, die weit jenseits unseres Vorstellungsvermögen liegt und deshalb von Insidern auch als "Alien Technology" bezeichnet wird. In gigantischen unterirdischen Anlagen, die bis zu vierzig Stockwerke unter die Erde reichen und die Ausmasse einer Kleinstadt annehmen, wird eine Technologie entwickelt, die so atemberaubend ist, dass selbst "Krieg der Sterne"-Regisseur George Lucas vor Neid erblassen würde. Die "Area 51" ist aber auch das Zentrum eines verborgenen Netzwerks, bestehend aus einer ganzen Reihe von Geheimbasen und unterirdischen Anlagen - das Zentrum einer "Schwarzen Welt". Diese "Schwarze Welt" wird von einer geheimen Schattenregierung beherrscht, auf die der amerikanische Kongress schon lange keinen Einfluß mehr hat...



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VIDEOSPIELE - Hardware, Spiele & Zubehör Am 23. November 2007 erschien der Nachfolger "Blacksite: Area 51" für die PS3, Xbox 360 und Windows-PC...
Kämpfen Sie gegen die abgefahrensten und abwechslungsreichsten Außerirdischen aller Zeiten. Riesige Alienwürmer, angsteinflößende Mensch-Alien-Hybride und schleimige Krabbelmonster sind nur einige der Gegner, die es dem Science-Fiction-Fan ganz warm ums Herz werden lassen. Auch die Einsatzgebiete bei Blacksite versprechen pure Abwechslung: Vom umkämpften Irak über verschlafene US-Dörfer bis hin zur sagenumwobenen US-Geheimbasis Area 51 gibt es zahlreiche verschiedene Einsatzorte zu erleben. Die überragende Präsentation auf Basis der momentan unschlagbaren Unreal Engine 3.0 und die dichte, fast schon kinoreife Story aus der Feder der "Gears of War"-Autorin Susan O’Connor runden den Shooter ab: Actionfans werden bei Blacksite voll auf ihre Kosten kommen - wenn sie die Nerven dazu haben!
Weitere Infos zum Spiel unter
www.blacksitegame.com


Am 24. Mai 2005 erschien "Area 51" für die PS2 und für Windows-PC...
Die U.S. Army hat ein besorgniserregendes Signal von Area 51 erhalten, wo gerade ein Virenausbruch die gesamte Forschungseinrichtung lahmgelegt hat, und die Quarantänemaßnahmen sämtliches wissenschaftliches und militärisches Personal in den Räumlichkeiten eingeschlossen hat. Eine Spezialeinheit unter der Führung von Ethan Cole von der HAZMAT-Abteilung für gefährliche Stoffe wurde dorthin entsandt, um die Vorgänge aufzuklären. Cole und seine Mitstreiter erforschen das riesige Gebiet von Area 51 und entdecken sowohl den tödlichen mutagenen Nebeneffekt des Virus, der die Infizierten kontrolliert, als auch eine Alien-Kolonie, die unter der Einrichtung begraben ist. Mit einer Vielzahl an irdischen und außerirdischen Waffen ausgerüstet, haben Sie die Chance, endlich Licht ins Dunkel der Verschwörungen zu bringen...
Weitere Infos zum Spiel unter
www.area51-game.com



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