Here's a cool project from a couple of British up-and-comers, that is being shepherded by genre maestro Sam Raimi, who has signed on to produce the supernatural horror pic Refuge, based on a pitch from director Corin Hardy.
Hardy will direct from a script by fellow British writer Tom De Ville. Refuge centers on a remote town terrorized by a Yeti, the mythological creature native to the mountains of the Himalayas.
Hardy directed music videos for UK chart-toppers, Keane. For Keane's single, "Bedshaped", Hardy mixed equal parts Tim Burton-esque stop-motion animation, and A-Ha's "Take On Me" Video, by Steve Barron.
For "Somewhere Only We know", Hardy drew inspiration from Hayao Miyazaki's Princess Mononoke, interpreting the lyrics, "simple things" as alien looking tree spirits.
The videos lack polish,which he may have been going for. But Raimi can easily help guide him. But he shows a lot of promise! Hardy dabbled in the supernatural in his videos, but it would be interesting to see how he takes on the horror aspect of Refuge.
Jason Blum(The Reader), Nathan Kahane and Steven Schneider will also produce the project which has been set up at Mandate, where Raimi's Ghost House Pictures has a deal.
Blum will also finance a short film version of the Refuge feature, with Hardy and De Ville. Somewhat similar to what Shane Acker's short film for 9 did for him, the Refuge short will serve as a teaser for the feature, as well as help Hardy refine his vision even as the script is being developed.
This represents just one of the projects Raimi has taken on. He will next shoot Spider-Man 4, as well as an adaptation of the video game World of Warcraft.
So what do you think of Sam Raimi producing Hardy and De Ville's supernatural horror pic Refuge?