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Sam Raimi Says Don't Panic!
Ghost House snaps up Panic Attack helmer

30 November 2009  |  Written by Chris Hewitt  |  Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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Sam Raimi wants you to Panic.

The Spider-Man director, in his other guise as boss of Ghost House Pictures, has won a bidding war to snap up the latest hot talent on the block: Fede Alvarez, the Uruguayan director of YouTube sensation, Panic Attack!.

If you haven’t seen Panic Attack! by now, it’s a really-quite-impressive short film in which Montevideo is attacked by a legion of giant robots. From Spielbergian beginnings – a small child is beguiled as massive legs emerge through a mist – to Bay-esque conclusions, as the city is torn apart by rockets and fire, it’s a bit of a belter. And all without a single line of dialogue.

Oh, and did we mention that it cost only a couple of hundred dollars?

It’s that last bit that seems to have piqued Hollywood’s interest more than anything. With the success of the Poundland-priced Paranormal Activity and Neill Blomkamp’s District 9 – to which Panic Attack! bears the most obvious comparison, given that it was a film based on a micro-budget short film that attracted heavyweight Hollywood attention – it’s clear that studios are on the lookout for talent that can generate big ideas and big badda-booms for bargain basement prices.

Alvarez, who designed the robots himself, could be such a talent. According to The Hollywood Reporter, he was taken to LA a couple of weeks ago, not long after Panic Attack! went online, for a dizzying round of talks with different studios.

At the end of it all, just before Thanksgiving, he signed on with Raimi – a man who knows a thing or ten about prodigiously-gifted first-time filmmakers – and Ghost House Pictures with a view to developing an original genre project.

The nature of the project itself is being kept under wraps for now, with a writer being hired to flesh out Alvarez’s idea. But, given the supernatural bent of Ghost House, we imagine that this won’t simply be a full-length version of Panic Attack!

And if you want to check out Panic Attack! for yourself, click here.

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Sam Raimi Says Don't Panic!
Arial"]"Sam Raimi Says Don't Panic!"? Really? 'cos he ing "Wow, what happened? I ] to be a great film-maker!"] More

Posted by Snake-Eyes at 19:20 on 01 December 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Yep, thats pretty damn impressive!
Yeah, unlike the stuff Bloomkamp did before District 9, this short isn't really telling a tale, or evoking much of anything. I still enjoyed it, but its at the level of those Half Life 2 short movies which have been done recently. Still, to pull something like that off is impressive. More

Posted by Rgirvan44 at 18:44 on 30 November 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Yep, thats pretty damn impressive!
That short is pretty cool.  However, I do find it odd that it's generated such a buzz.  If the exact same video was posted as being a production of The Asylum, everyone would point out how weak the CGI is, it's the same music from 28 Days later, and pretty much built on composites of shots from Godzilla and Independence Day. More

Posted by Invader_Ace at 18:36 on 30 November 2009 | Report This Post

Yep, thats pretty damn impressive!
Just to make me feel better about being a young filmmaker, could you confirm that, yes it was made for a few hundred $$$$ but it took nim YEARS to do the cg stuff.. "yeah, it only cost a few hundred dollars and I did it in a week!" More

Posted by vdjfrancis at 10:47 on 30 November 2009 | Report This Post

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