Timur Bekmambetov's Apollo mission vs. aliens movie gets off the groundS

The Weinstein Company is funding Apollo 18, the Timur Bekmambetov-produced thriller about a never-was Apollo mission's encounter with extraterrestrials.

From Deadline:

Bob Weinstein met several times with Bekmambetov before making a deal that came after Bekmambetov presented film footage purported to have been shot by the crew of Apollo 18. That moon mission from the early 70s was officially canceled by NASA, but according to urban legend, it actually happened. Timur's footage shows signs of alien life, and the events of the mission are built into a thriller story line.

The premise sounds similar to Olatunde Osunsanmi's upcoming found footage alien flick Dark Moon, which is about a black ops mission sent to the Moon after Apollo 17. Apollo 18, which has apparently been in production for a while, looks like it will beat Dark Moon to the punch, as it hits theaters March 4, 2011. Trevor Caewood is directing, and the script is by Brian Miller.

[Photo via NASA]