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Lionsgate announces micro-budget slate

Joshua Brunsting

by: Joshua Brunsting
March 30th, 2011

While they may not be best known for pumping out hugely budgeted blockbusters, Lionsgate appears to be hellbent on going even lower on the budget side of things for a new collection of micro-budgeted projects.

Deadline has revealed a trio of new projects the studio has waiting in the wings, and they all definitely sound like intriguing little films.

First, and the most interesting in my eyes, is a new film entitled 6 MIRANDA DRIVE. Directed by WOLF CREEK (an amazing and underrated horror film) helmer Greg Mclean, the film is apparently “fact-based” and follows a family that, after a vacation, discovers that they have brought with them an evil spirit. Now, while the premise itself isn’t too intriguing or inventive, the idea of Mclean working with a micro-budget on a new horror film is quite compelling. I’m a fan of WOLF CREEK, so if this film can be half as good as that underrated gem, we may be in for something special.

Joining this film are two comedies, GAY DUDE and RAPTUREPALOOZA. DUDE has drawn comparisons to SUPERBAD, and follows two friends who try to lose their virginity prior to graduation, only to have one of them proclaim that he’s gay. The film is penned by Alan Yang, writer of Parks And Recreation, and with Black List credibility, it does appear to be a hot little project.

Finally, RAPTUREPALOOZA stars Craig Robinson, who plays the Anti-Christ. Paul Middleditch will helm based on a script from Chris Matheson, but really, do I need to say anything more than Craig Robinson as the Anti-Christ to get you excited? Count me in. The film apparently, according to Deadline, "takes place a year after a religious apocalypse strips away half the world's population. Ben and Lindsey try to reestablishing their sandwich cart business. Beyond the occasional blood rainstorm and talking locusts that surface occasionally, the sandwich sellers have a new problem: the Anti-Christ (Robinson) decides he wants to take Lindsey as his bride."

Is there any film you’re distinctly interested in?

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