Paramount and Brett Ratner hoping to catch Catfish

With echoes of last year’s Paranormal Activity, Paramount will be test-screening the controversial Sundance Documentary Catfish tonight before deciding whether to pick it up.

According to Variety, the studio will be screening the film on their lot in a similar move to what (formerly associated) Dreamworks did last year with Activity, a way of gauging interest in the low budget film. In Dreamworks’ case, it was a way of seeing whether to release the original low budget film as well as a forthcoming remake. In this situation, it appears to be posed more as a way of seeing whether the film is worth picking up at all. At least two big names think it is, as apparently both JJ Abrams (Star Trek) and Jason Blum (Producer on Activity) have expressed interest in producing.

They have some competition, though: Hollywood auteur de force Brett Ratner has made a test-screening-free offer, as well.

The documentary tells the story of  “New York photographer Nev, who develops an online relationship with a family who isn’t what they say they are.”

Update: Brett Ratner and Relativity’s Rogue Pictures won the bidding, picking up the doc for 1.5 million. It will be released through Universal later this year.

Posted on February 2, 2010 at 14:53 by Lincoln Eddy · Permalink
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