$300 short film lands $30 million budget
One producer’s YouTube video, featuring giant robots invading the city of Montevideo, has landed him a $30 million Hollywood movie deal.Fede Alvarez’s Ataque de Panico (Panic Attack) shows gigantic CGI humanoids capturing the capital of Uruguay as citizens flee. The five-minute clip has been viewed 1.5 million times on YouTubeYouTube. It was created on a budget of $300. Alvarez says that after uploading the video on a Thursday, he was receiving offers from Hollywood on the Monday.
He eventually accepted a $30 million dollar deal from Ghost House Pictures for a full-length sci-fi thriller set in Uruguay and Argentina. The movie won’t be based on the YouTube video itself, Alvarez told the BBC.
While it makes for a remarkable story, you might be less surprised after watching the clip; it has a Hollywood polish that implies Alvarez’s work is ready for its big screen debut.
You have my attention…… maybe another District 9 here?