Paramount's Insurge, Bad Robot Greenlight Low-Budget Thriller ‘Valencia’ (Exclusive)

Paramount's Insurge, Bad Robot Greenlight Low-Budget Thriller 'Valencia'  (Exclusive)

Commercial director Trachtenberg makes his feature debut

Dan Trachtenberg will direct “Valencia,” a thriller Bad Robot is producing for Paramount Insurge, TheWrap has learned. Paramount recently greenlit the movie for a fall start.

Trachtenberg, a successful director of commercials and short films, has been attached to several movies over the past few years. None of them have been made yet, so this project will mark his debut feature.

He will direct from a script by Dan Casey, who rewrote an earlier draft by Josh Campbell and Matt Stuecken.

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The majority of the movie takes place in an underground cellar, home to a teenage girl and a caretaker. The girl woke up in the cellar after a car accident, at which point her eerie companion tells her a nuclear attack has devastated society. The girl still hopes to escape.

The movie will cost around $5 million, in keeping with Insurge's mandate to release microbudget fare. The distributor bought the project a couple of years ago, and it has been in development ever since.

Trachtenberg is represented by ICM Partners and Oasis Media Group.

  • Passhole

    What would an episode of “Twilight Zone” cost today? $300k? They stole the idea, they may as well steal the budget.

  • reality

    Also “around 5m” is not keeping with their “micro budget” mandate at all. That sentence makes no sense. If it is under 5 it would be called “low budget” by the WGA. If it is “around” and thus perhaps OVER 5m, it is automatically “high” budget by rule. Micro is under 1m.

    • Cyclops

      BUdgets may play into union and legal definitions, but the press can lable anytghing they want as micro budget.

  • JJ Abrahms secret

    It's Portal!

  • JymB

    Hard saying what the “micro budget” entails as we don't have the script / storyboards. Congrats to Mr. Trachtenberg crossing the giant vastness from commercials to film. I have worked on shoots where the “film” directors cross into commercials (AKA SuperBowl Commercials). Good seeing some “other direction” movement from talent.

  • Trev213

    This script is an ORIGINAL by Matt Strueken and Josh Cambell which was great in it's spec form! Very talented writers.

  • Cyclops

    Any relationi to Michelle?