Timur Bekmambetov-produced script from fest winner

The Weinstein Co. has scooped up worldwide rights to the Timur Bekmambetov-produced “Apollo 18″ and is shopping the project at AFM.

Sci-fi thriller is on the fast-track; Trevor Cawood is set to start lensing in December from a script by Brian Miller. TWC is eyeing a March domestic release.

Bekmambetov personally pitched the project to foreign buyers over the weekend at AFM.

Set to be shot documentary style, the pic purports to have found lost footage from Apollo 18’s undocumented and covert mission to the moon, revealing disturbing new evidence of other life forms. (In reality, Apollo 17 was NASA’s final Apollo mission.)Bekmambetov is producing “Apollo 18″ with Michele Wolkoff, prexy of development at Bekmambetov Projects.

Miller was the winner of the inaugural Astana Action Film Festival screenplay competition, founded by Bekmambetov. Contest, announced last spring, was held in conjunction with Kazakhstan’s first film festival over the summer.

Miller was among five finalists from the U.S., France, Kazakhstan and the U.K. attending the fest. Upon winning, he was awarded a cash prize and a development deal with Bekmambetov Projects.

Upcoming Weinstein Co. releases include Tom Hooper’s “The King’s Speech,” Derek Cianfrance’s “Blue Valentine” and John Wells’ feature directorial debut “Company Men.”

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