EXCLUSIVE: After launching his production shingle Before The Door Pictures with the JC Chandor-directed Margin Call, Star Trek star Zachary Quinto is teaming with Anonymous Content on a second project. It’s an untitled “found footage” romantic comedy that will be produced by Quinto and his partners Neal Dodson and Corey Moosa, with shooting to begin tomorrow in New York. Victor Quinaz will direct, and Anonymous Content’s Steve Golin and Richard Brown are also producing. Anonymous is co-financing with Fred Schaufeld, who’ll be the film’s executive producer. The pic’s premise is being kept under wraps, but the script was written by Quinaz, Anna Martemucci and Philip Quinaz. It’s a mix of scripted and improv comedy, with an ensemble cast of comics who’ve performed in Periods Films web shorts seen on Funny or Die and other websites.
It’s the second time Before The Door has gone with a first-time helmer. That happened on Margin Call, the financial crisis drama which premiered at Sundance and was acquired for distribution by Roadside Attractions for the fall. Quinto, who’ll reprise his role as Spock later this year in Paramount’s Star Trek sequel, previously collaborated with the Periods Films talent on a comedy short film series called Before After. Quinaz and Martemucci also are developing with Quinto a movie version of Mr. Murder Is Dead, which will be published as a graphic novel to be released by Archaia at Comic-Con. Quinto is also producing an unscripted series with Syfy and RelativityREAL starring photographer Tyler Shields