Lionsgate today announced that it has acquired U.S. rights to Barry Levinson’s found footage eco-horror film The Bay from Alliance Films.
From the producers of the Paranormal Activity franchise, the film is the next installment in their series following Insidious, and chronicles an unprecedented biological disaster unleashed from the waters of the Chesapeake Bay- an isopod parasite, carrying a horrific untreatable disease, that jumps from fish to human hosts. The horror and scope of the event unfolds on footage captured on home videos and the internet by the town’s victims.
“It’s exciting to see a company like Lionsgate embrace The Bay so enthusiastically. The found footage / multiplatform approach opened up the film to creative possibilities I hadn’t encountered in my previous films, and I think these sorts of films will only continue to push boundaries as the technology changes,” said director Barry Levinson.
The film was directed by Levinson, from a script he co-wrote with Michael Wallach. The Bay was produced by Levinson, Jason Blum, Steven Schneider, and Oren Peli, and co-produced by Mythodic Films, with Brian Kavanaugh-Jones, Jason Sosnoff, Colin Strause and Greg Strause executive producing.