Last week we got a look at the trailer and poster for Chernobyl Diaries, the Oren Peli and Brian Witten-produced horror survival film directed by Brad Parker. Today the LA Times has a brief interview with Andrew Kosove of Alcon Entertainment, who owns the North American rights.
It’s an interesting read because it at least attempts to tackle the inherent issues of fashioning a piece of entertainment out of a real-world tragedy. Kosove asserts that offending survivors of the disaster (families of the victims) is not on his agenda. “It’s a popcorn film. I don’t think the movie takes itself so seriously as to tread on those real disasters.” I don’t really have an opinion about this. The film’s tagline is “experience the fallout” which I suppose could be read as kind of tacky, but then again I don’t think there’s much that should be off limits. Humor heals, I suppose.
As for why he thinks its a good setting for a film? “It’s not like going to Club Med in Barbados. It’s frozen in time, and it’s visually arresting.” The article also touches upon the extreme tourism industry that has cropped up around the site. Apparently you can purchase a day pass to check out the city of Prypiat. As someone who avoids the backscatter mating at the airport, I don’t think I’ll be signing up for that one.
In theaters May 28 from FilmNation, “A group of friends become stranded in an eerie and desolate city. Years before in the aftermath of a nuclear disaster, nature has begun to reclaim everything. As the sun sets on this radioactive ghost town, inhuman cries cut through the night air. It seems they are not alone.” It stars Jonathan Sadowski, Devin Kelley, Jesse McCartney, Olivia Taylor Dudley, Nathan Phillips, Ingrid Bolso Berdal and Dimitry Diatchenko.