Buried Screenwriter Wants You to Be Scared of Your ‘ATM’

As if it wasn’t bad enough that writer Chris Sparling was the catalyst for a movie that will make you (a) never want to travel to Iraq and (b) never want to be anywhere near a wooden box, now he thinks it’s okay to make you weary of your money machine.

Variety is reporting today that Peter Safran — producer of Buried — has picked up Sparling’s next spec script ATM, and will produce the film alongside A Haunting in Connecticut’s Paul Brooks. ATM follows the story of three co-workers who “– on a routine stop at an ATM — unexpectedly end up in a desperate fight for their lives.”

Fuck me, can’t people just go to work anymore. The story of Buried revolves around a truck driver (Ryan Reynolds) who was just doing his job in Iraq when he is kidnapped and buried alive somewhere in the desert. I don’t know what happened to Chris Sparling in his previous life, but its clear that he hates the concept of a hard day’s work.

The project will be helmed by first timer David Brooks, whose short Gone gained him recognition — though I could not find out where the recognition came from. Perhaps the film got swallowed by an evil ATM machine. Seriously though, if anyone out there has seen Brooks’ film and/or knows where it might be on the web, drop me a line. I’m curious to see it.

Neil Miller is the Founder and Publisher of Film School Rejects. For almost a decade, he has been talking movies on television, the radio, and the Internet. As of yet, no one has stopped him.

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