We reported a few weeks ago that the writer of one of Sundance's hottest films is setting up his next film, and now we know a few more details. A /Film tipster gave the site some new details on Buried screenwriter Chris Sparling's new project, ATM.
All that was said in the initial report was that the film will center on three co-workers who visit an ATM and end up in a fight for survival. Much like Buried, this new film will primarily take place in one location.
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.
The three co-workers 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 (one phone was left behind at the bar, one phone ran out of battery power, and the other phone is in the purse locked inside the car). Hawkeye says that people are describing it as Phone Booth meets Frozen. He gave me some more details about what happens during the story, but I would rather not print any spoilers.
Our initial report said that David Brooks will be making his directorial debut on the film and that it was said to start filming this fall. We'll be sure to keep you posted on any more updates surrounding this film as soon as we have more information.