BREAKING: Alcon Entertainment has acquired North American and international release rights in Germany, Spain and Japan for Chernobyl Diaries, the next horror thriller produced by Paranormal Activity helmer Oren Peli. Alcon co-founders and co-CEOs Broderick Johnson and Andrew Kosove made the deal and the film will be released by Warner Bros via Alcon’s output deal on Memorial Day weekend this year. Script was written by Shane and Carey Van Dyke, who sold the script The Watching Hour to New Line.
The film will be directed by Brad Parker, who makes his directing debut after serving as the visual effects supervisor on Let Me In. Peli and Brian Witten and producing. The film was fully financed and sold internationally by FilmNation Entertainment. Kosove and Johnson are Executive Producers. Based on an original story by Peli, Chernobyl Diaries is set in the city of Prypiat that once housed the workers of the Chernobyl nuclear reactor, the horror-thriller follows a group of friends who, while vacationing in Europe, find themselves stranded in the abandoned city only to discover that they are not alone.
Dave Fierson, Alcon’s SVP of Business Affairs, brought the movie into Alcon. The deal was negotiated by Scott Parish, Alcon’s COO/CFO, Scott Edel of Loeb & Loeb and Nancy Bruington of O’Melveny & Myers on behalf of Alcon and by Alison Cohen, Linda Lichter and Micah Green on behalf of Oren Peli and FilmNation’s Glen Basner.
States Kosove and Johnson: “Alcon is thrilled to have acquired this unique, thoughtful and very frightening film. The content is all the more terrifying given that it’s based on reality.” Peli is repped by CAA. Parker is repped by Paradigm.