In the horror thriller ATM, directed by David Brooks and written by Chris Sparling (Buried), David Hargrove (Brian Geraghty) finally gets up the nerve to ask out Emily Brandt (Alice Eve) at their company Christmas party. But, after getting saddled with their co-worker, Corey (Josh Peck), who asks them to make a late-night stop at an ATM, their impromptu first date takes and unexpected turn when an unknown man appears outside of the vestibule, blocking their exit, and they quickly become trapped in an intense game of cat-and-mouse.
During this exclusive phone interview with Collider, first-time feature director David Brooks talked about why he responded to the script for ATM, the tweaks they made prior to shooting, the biggest challenges of making such a self-contained and claustrophobic film, finding the right level of violence and tension, getting the three characters isolated without any mode of communication, and deciding how much of the killer’s backstory to include. He also talked about how his love of film developed, why he enjoys working closely with actors, and his ambition to make big films that connect with people. Check out what he had to say after the jump.
A trailer has gone online for the vestibule thriller ATM. The film centers on three friends (Josh Peck (The Wackness) , Alice Eve (She’s Out of My League), and Brian Geraghty (The Hurt Locker)) who make a routine trip at night to pick up some cash from an ATM vestibule, but become trapped when a murderous psychopath threatens to psychopathically murder them. Screenwriter Chris Sparling was able to pull of the claustrophobic single-location thriller with Buried, but David Brooks‘ directorial debut looks unbelievably silly. The premise comes off as kind of neat, but when I see it in motion, it just reminds me of that one episode of Friends where Chandler gets stuck in an ATM vestibule with a supermodel (oh, 90s).
Hit the jump to check out the trailer. ATM will be released on VOD and Digital Platforms (iTunes, Amazon Streaming, XBox ZUNE, PS3 Video Unlimited) on March 2nd before opening in theaters on April 6th.
In recent horror movie news, no project has been marketed quite so vividly as The Human Centipede II (Full Sequence). Love it or hate it, it was IFC Midnight that brought the film to the public. Now they’ve picked up ATM, a thriller by director David Brooks. The picture, starring Alice Eve (She’s Out of My League), Josh Peck (The Wackness) and Brian Geraghty (The Hurt Locker) centers on three coworkers fighting against a man who has trapped them at an ATM for unknown reasons.
In a less twisted bit of rights acquisition news, Magnolia Pictures has acquired US rights to Roadie, a film by director Michael Cuesta (Dexter). The pic stars Ron Eldard (Black Hawk Down) as Jimmy, a roadie for Blue Oyster Cult who gets fired after two decades of touring. He then returns to his hometown to find that not much has changed. Hit the jump for more on both projects.
I’ve yet to see the Ryan Reynolds film Buried, but I’ve heard great things. And from a flick that entirely takes place inside a coffin buried underneath the ground, that’s saying something. This film, ATM, was written by Chris Sparling who also wrote Buried. It marks the feature film debut of director David Brooks, and centers on a group of three coworkers in a very unpleasant situation. The cast includes Alice Eve (She’s Out of My League), Josh Peck (Drake & Josh, The Wackness), and Brian Geraghty (The Hurt Locker). Now, I don’t know much about the other two actors (though I’ve heard good things about Peck in The Wackness), but Geraghty was impressive as the naïve Owen Eldridge in The Hurt Locker, and Sparling is coming off of high praise for his Buried script. I’d say this flick has a shot at surprising a few people if it lives up to the caliber of the talent behind it. Hit the jump for the first image from ATM and a brief (more like a teaser) synopsis.
Here’s the brief synopsis:
Three co-workers end up in a desperate fight for survival when they become trapped by a psychotic killer.
UPDATE: We’ve been asked by the studio to remove the images. Sorry if you missed them.
Opening today is director Greg Berlanti’s Life As We Know It and it stars Katherine Heigl, Josh Duhamel, Josh Lucas, Christina Hendricks and Hayes MacArthur. The movie is about two single adults that become caregivers to an orphaned girl when their mutual best friends die in an accident. (synopsis via IMDb)
At the press junket for the film, I was able to sit down with producer Paul Brooks for an in depth conversation. At first we talked about how he got into producing, segwayed into how Life As We Know It got made, and then we got to talking about how dramatically the movie industry has changed over the past two years and how it’s affected everybody. Finally, we talked about two of his upcoming projects: ATM and The Haunting in Georgia. Hit the jump to watch the interview. As usual, I’ve time indexed our conversation so you can watch the parts that interest you.
We have four brief casting stories for you this morning. First up, the Winnipeg Free Press reports [via Bloody Disgusting] that Alice Eve (She’s Out of My League) has replaced Margarita Levieva in David Brooks’ ATM. Described as “Hitchcockian”, the film (written by Buried screenwriter Chris Sparling), centers on three co-workers (Eve, Brian Geraghty, and Peck) who make a late-night visit to an ATM and end up in a desperate fight for their lives when they become trapped by an unknown man.
Hit the jump for casting news regarding Ray Liotta in Wanderlust, John Slattery in Return, and Martin Freeman in Animals.
The upcoming thriller ATM has snagged its three leads by signing actors Brian Geraghty (The Hurt Locker), Josh Peck (The Wackness) and Margarita Levieva (Adventureland). Per THR, “[Safran Co. and Gold Circle Films] are hoping to evoke Hitchcockian vibes with their tale of three co-workers (Geraghty, Peck, and Levieva) who make a late-night visit to an ATM and end up in a desperate fight for their lives when they become trapped by an unknown man.”
David Brooks will make his feature directing debut on ATM working from a script by Buried writer Chris Sparling. Steve loved the hell out of Buried when he saw it at Sundance earlier this year and he wasn’t the only one. That’s why you should keep ATM on your radar. And getting Geraghty, Peck, and Levieva on board doesn’t hurt either.
Out of all the films I saw at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, one of the best was Buried. Starring Ryan Reynolds, the film is about an American worker in Iraq who wakes up trapped in a coffin. While it’s hard to tell any story for five minutes in one location, Buried spends a great deal of time in that coffin and it never gets old. That’s the reason Lionsgate bought the film for $3.2 million, and why you’ll all be raving about it when it gets released sometime this year.
With strong buzz on the film, The Safran Co. and Gold Circle Films have bought the spec script from Buried writer Chris Sparling called ATM. While details are sparse, Variety has:
Project centers on three co-workers who — on a routine stop at an ATM — unexpectedly end up in a desperate fight for their lives.
The plan is for David Brooks to direct the film in the fall with Peter Safran producing. He also producer Buried. If the script is on the level of Buried, this is a project worth getting excited about.