If Brett Ratner taking over superhero franchises, remaking Kid 'n' Play classics or remixing Bollywood movies isn't your thing, maybe you'll appreciate him as a presenter of small sci-fi film acquisitions like Greg and Colin Strause's Skyline. Deadline brings word that the director/producer is shepherding the deal for Relativity Media on the nearly completed film, which is being likened to Cloverfield, Paranormal Activity and even Super 8, which is a bit of a stretch since that one hasn't been made yet. Somehow District 9 didn't make the cut for small-scale sci-fi thriller comparisons this time around.

The Brothers Strause are primarily effects artists whose work can be seen in Avatar, Iron Man 2 and less recently in Ratner's X-Men: The Last Stand. But you may know them best as the directors of Aliens vs. Predator - Requiem. Their new film, which was co-written by fellow effects guys Joshua Cordes and Liam O'Donnell, might also deal with aliens, or at least some kind of extraterrestrial phenomenon. The plot involves a group of friends who leave a late night party in L.A. and discover that most of humanity has been wiped out by a mysterious force of light.
Sounds kinda like Night of the Comet, if you ask me. And now that I think about it, I'm pretty shocked that movie isn't legitimately being remade anyway. Not that I'd want it to be. If it turns out the main characters in Skyline were spared because the party they attended was in a lead-lined shack, I'll expect Thom Eberhardt to be calling his lawyer. Those Skyline leads, by the way, are played by small screen staples Eric Balfour (24), Scottie Thompson (Trauma), David Zayas (Dexter), Donald Faison (Scrubs) and Brittany Daniel (The Game). Which isn't as young a cast as I'd expect for something like this.
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