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'Buried' Writer Chris Sparling Sells Action Spec Script 'ATM'

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February 4, 2010

Rodrigo Cortes (L) & Chris Sparling (R)

Last week the Rodrigo Cortes directed, Chris Sparling (seen right above) written indie Buried with Ryan Reynolds hit Sundance, and Alex and Brandon couldn't stop raving about how great it was. The buzz of that film seems to have built some confidence in Sparling as Variety reports the writer has sold the action spec script ATM, for newcomer David Brooks to direct, which focuses on three co-workers who unexpectedly end up in a desperate fight for their lives on a seemingly routine stop at the ATM. Sparling seems to have quite the knack for making seemingly simple premises become stories of intense danger and intrigue. Read on!

We'll be able to get a taste for Sparling's writing soon enough since Buried was picked up for distribution at Sundance by Lionsgate. Meanwhile, Safran Co. and Gold Circle Films will be putting ATM into production this fall, so we should also hear about casting in the near future as well. If all goes well, it sounds like we've got a talented new writer joining Hollywood, and hopefully he'll crank out original stories like this to drag us away from the Hollywood machine that's pumping out remakes, reboots and adaptations like mad. We'll be sure to let you know when Buried hits theaters because I know a lot of people want to see it. Sound good?

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  • I wonder how long it takes on average for a well received Sundance film to hit theaters. It seems pretty random as some hit immediately and others take years. I hope this one happens sooner than later because I'm very excited for it.

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