I can’t lie – I’ve got a little bit of mixed emotions on the news that the directors of Rec and Rec 2 are doing not one, but two more films:
Major Spanish studio Filmax will produce two new [REC] films in the next couple of years called [REC] Genesis and [REC] Apocalypse from the same directors as the first two [REC] films.
[REC] directors Paco Plaza and Jaume Balaguero will split directing responsibilities for the two films. Plaza will direct the first film Genesis, which much like the Batman and Star Trek franchises will return to the origin of the original infection that caused humans to turn into zombies.
Paco Plaza and Luis Alejandro Berdejo (The New Daughter) will co-write Genesis with Balaguero actively involved in the development of the project. The film is expected to be delivered in the autumn of 2011.
Apocalypse will be directed by Balaguero and will end the [REC] saga with the pandemic spreading to unknown proportions. Plaza will assist on the project, which is expected to be delivered in the autumn of 2012.
Now don’t get me wrong, I’m super excited about more entries in the series, and I’m happy they brought back these directors, who’s talent is the reason for the film’s lasting success. My main gripe is the rather cliche-sounding storylines they’re going with. A prequel and a global pandemic? Of course, I’m sur eBalguero and Plaza will find a way to impress me more than these descriptions – I just hope this series goes out on a high note, if this truly is the end.