The disaster in Chernobyl, Russia, remains one of history’s most tragic moments and a sobering reminder that you can never be too careful when dealing with nuclear power.
Hollywood is drawing inspiration from it, but has a horror story of a different kind in mind. “The Chernobyl Diaries” is the latest brainchild of Oren Peli, the director of micro-budget horror hit “Paranormal Activity”. Peli penned an original story late last year, which was snapped up by Warner Bros via a deal with production house Alcon Entertainment. Peli will not be directing, so the job will be taken by Brad Parker, who’s known mainly as a visual effects technical director (“Fight Club”, “Let Me In”).
The story goes like this: “A group of friends become stranded in an eerie and desolate city. Abandoned 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.”
“The Chernobyl Diaries” stars Jonathan Sadowski, Devin Kelley, Jesse McCartney, Olivia Taylor Dudley, Nathan Phillips, Ingrid Bolso Berdal and Dimitri Diatchenko. According to Variety, the film is scheduled to premiere during the weekend of the American holiday known as Memorial Day (28th May).