We are very excited to announce that we are in the early stages of developing a feature film project that Stories by the River plan on producing. The project will be produced by SbtR producers Kristina Stone Kaiser and Mikel J. Wisler with Wisler directing. The 100-page script was written by Wisler, who also write a novel adaptation of the same story that is currently in consideration for digital publication later this year.
The film is called Unidentified and is a sci-fi/horror genre blend in the vein of The X-Files and movies like The Fourth Kind, Dark Skies, Extraterrestrial, and The Forgotten. Here’s a brief look at the story:
One year ago, a boy went missing. No trace of him has ever been found. Now, Boston-based Special Agent for the FBI, Nicole Mitchell, is brought back from leave when a girl in New Hampshire claims to have been abducted by aliens. The case bears similarities to the case of the missing boy she investigated the year before. Certain that someone is using the powerful suggestion of UFOs and the alien abduction scenario to kidnap these kids, Mitchell enlists the help of paranormal debunking psychiatrist, Dr. Alan Evans. But as the the case unfolds, Mitchell and Evans are confronted with a much darker reality than they ever expected. Nothing could have prepared them for what they are about to encounter.
Stories by the River has already launched a Twitter account (@un1dent1f1ed) and Facebook page (www.facebook.com/UnidentifiedFilm) and is actively seeking to connect with the film’s target audience even at this early stage. SbtR producers are also meeting with prospective investors and researching marketing and distribution options for the film once it is completed. This is no small undertaking and will certainly take some time, but we are very excited about this story and about the vibrant market that exists for sci-fi and horror films today. Wisler, who has written and directed several short films for SbtR had been hard at work polishing to script and novel. Early feedback from both has been quite enthusiastic.
Award-winning cinematographer, Rajah Samaroo (cinematographer for Wisler’s upcoming short film, “Parallel”) has signed on to the project and is intimately involved with the development process (see a post by Samaroo here). Wisler has prepared thorough production plan, budget, and pitch package that are available to interested investors upon request. E-mail Mikel J. Wisler at [email protected].
Be sure to check out the film’s official website (www.unidentifiedfilm.com) as well as following the film on Facebook and Twitter to keep up with the latest news, casting announcements, and news about the publication of the novel.