Details on the Todd Phillips/Joel Silver comedy revealed

Will Schiffelbein

by: Will Schiffelbein
April 20th, 2010

Coasting off the success of his 2009 super hit THE HANGOVER, Todd Phillips isn't resting on his laurels just yet. We've been hearing rumors surrounding his next project for a while now. In fact, all the rumors surrounding it are a direct result of the top secret nature of the project. Until now, nobody had any clue what the project would look like.

Well, that's just changed. FirstShowing is reporting that they've scored some details on the upcoming film, known only as PROJECT X.

While their report doesn't say much in the way of plot, it does reveal a great deal of information regarding the style and substance of the film. Not only will the film center around a crazy party, but it will also be shot in the handheld POV camera- style. I feel like I can hear the echos of the pitch now: SUPERBAD meets CLOVERFIELD. Just imagine the possibilities.

Another critical aspect of the film is the creative decision to refrain from using any big stars. Instead, they're running an open casting call to all 18-ish individuals out there. The studio, along with Phillips, is hoping that this will contribute to the visceral feel of the film.

That's not all though. See, there's a little piece of information I've cleverly omitted. Here's Ethan Anderton of FirstShowing:

...this [PROJECT X] will be shot in cinema-vérité style, where the audience will experience the party only through the first-person observer view of the camera, so essentially, we will be at the party too. Much like the Hud character in Cloverfield, the role of the observer through which we experience the party will be voice-over only. And to seal the deal on this party-going experience, the entire film will be presented in 3D.

I realize my constant derision of 3D movies has to be getting old, but seriously? A POV handheld camera movie in 3D? There is no way that could end up anywhere near watchable. However, the style could work-- minus the 3D of course. I'd be really interested to see a comedy done in that style, as its something I've personally never seen.

Source: FirstShowing

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