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Oren Peli’s ‘Area 51’ Getting U.S. Release Six Years After Shooting

Paramount Insurge has set a release date for Oren Peli’s “Area 51” six years after production wrapped.

The studio label said “Area 51” will receive a one-weekend-only limited engagement May 15-17 exclusively at 16 Alamo Drafthouse Cinema locations along with a day-and-date release on VOD and all digital platforms. Paramount bought the “Area 51” rights in 2009, three weeks after shooting wrapped on the $5 million production. It was Peli’s follow-up to the sleeper hit “Paranormal Activity.”

Peli directed “Area 51” from a script he co-wrote with Christopher Denham, with Jason Blum and Steven Schneider producing. The film follows a man who has been obsessed with UFOs and convinces two friends to join him on a mission to break into Area 51, where they find terrifying proof of alien presence. Reid Warner, Jamel King, Ben Rovner and Jelena Nik star.

Paramount Insurge will also utilize a similar strategy the next weekend with comedy “Drunk Wedding,” which will role out in theaters May 22 as well as hit VOD and all digital platforms. It’s directed by Nick Weiss, written by Nick & Anthony Weiss and produced by Brad Weston, Couper Samuelson and John Hamburg.

“Wedding” centers on a couple with the perfect destination wedding — but with all of their friends from college coming, everything that can go wrong does go wrong. Afterward, no one can find the wedding video. The film stars Christian Cooke, Victoria Gold, Dan Gill, Anne Gregory, Genevieve Jones, Nate Lang, Diana Newton, J.R. Ramirez, Nick Ross and Bethany Dwyer.

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