Story Details Discovered for Chris Sparling's New Script 'ATM'
Buried was one of the hottest films coming out of Sundance this year which means big things for director Rodrigo Cortés and writer Chris Sparling. We reported back in February right after the fest that Sparling had sold anther one of his spec scripts titled ATM to Gold Circle Films and Safran Co. The story focuses on three co-workers who unexpectedly end up in a desperate fight for their lives on a seemingly routine stop at the ATM. SlashFilm was just sent details about what the story is actually about (without spoiling anything) and it sounds pretty damn cool. Read on to find out a bit more about this new stuck-in-one-place thriller.
"Three co-workers driving home together from a employee Christmas party in the city decide to grab some late night pizza, for which they must stop at the ATM, to get some cash. Apparently, this is where the fun starts — about 15 or 20 minutes into the story. ATM exchanges the cramped 7 foot by 3 foot wooden coffin seen in Buried for a 15 square foot indoor ATM shack. The 24-hour ATM is located in a remote area of the barren supermarket parking lot, in a not-so-great neighborhood. The rest of the story is set primarily in the ATM vestibule, and never leaves the supermarket parking lot."
"…Find themselves trapped in the ATM, unable to escape as a large menacing man in a heavy hooded parka stands between them and their car. It is the middle of the night, and all that surrounds them is cold and darkness. To make matters worse, they find themselves without their cellphones or any way to call for help… Hawkeye says that people are describing it as Phone Booth meets Frozen."
I'm sure some people are probably getting tired of all these stuck-in-one-place movies, but I love them, and this one sounds pretty awesome. I've heard from someone else who has read the script that this mystery guy in the parka starts messing with other people who come walking by and the people get even more scared or something like that. It's just a great concept, or at least one that I want to see made into a movie. First time feature filmmaker David Brooks is making his directorial debut with this. I'll be curious to see who they cast and what else happens with this project, as it could be a great of follow-up to Buried. Sound interesting?