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.