YouTube Video Panic Attack! Lands $30 Million Movie Deal

So you put a video on YouTube and years later you score big-time with a sweet ass action movie with a possible (outside) shot at a Best Picture Oscar nomination. So is the case with Neill Blomkamp and his short film Alive in Joberg which lead to that bad ass flick known as District 9.

Not too effin' shabby, but even more impressive is independent filmmaker Fede Alvarez’s “Ataque de Panico” (Panic Attack), a 5 minute clip that shows the city of Montevideo, Uruguay being seized by giant CGI robots.

How'd he one-up the Disrtict 9 guys? By scoring a movie deal with Ghost House Pictures (responsible for vile tripe like Boogeyman and The Grudge while at the same time responsible for good vile tripe like Drag Me to Hell and 30 Days of Night) just a few days after posting his video on YouTube. For $30 million. For a short film that cost him around $300. A short film that's already had over 1.5 million views. That's how.

"I uploaded [Panic Attack!] on a Thursday and on Monday my inbox was totally full of e-mails from Hollywood studios," he told the BBC's Latin American service BBC Mundo.

Mr. Alvarez's film-to-be will boast a brand new story from scratch and be shot in Uruguay and Agentina. Oh, and Sam SpiderMan Raimi will produce.

And for reals, this short film is rockin'. It's like Ghostbusters II meets Cloverfield by way of Transformers thrown in for fun. Enjoy!


S Daudt said...

Is this typical of the movie industry? Do they randomly look online for a movie idea so that they can buy it?


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