Sam Raimi Believes in the Yeti

September 24, 2009

Director Sam Raimi (Evil Dead, Spider-Man) is going to produce Refuge, a story about a small town whose inhabitants are getting picked off by the fabled Yeti. For those of you not in the know, the Yeti is basically the polar bear version of Bigfoot. Does this spell awesome or cheese fest?

Interestingly, Raimi isn't actually going to do the directing. His shingle, Ghost House Pictures, has a deal at Mandate for a film, and music video director -- who pitched the film -- Corin Hardy is going to helm. He's directed lots of music videos using his stylized brand of stop-motion animation for bands like Keane, The Prodigy, The Horrors and McFly.

The Hollywood Reporter reports:

Refuge centers on a remote town terrorized by a Yeti, the mythological creature native to the mountains of the Himalayas. Hardy will direct from a script by fellow British writer Tom De Ville... Meanwhile, Blum's Blumhouse Prods. will finance a short film with the same premise as the "Refuge" feature. ...The idea is to offer a teaser that can help Hardy refine his vision even as the script is being developed.

The world has long been due a really good film about Yetis, or Bigfoot, for that matter. The prospect of Raimi mentoring a new director to take on some of the genre duties he's too busy to direct, what with his involvement in the Spider-Man franchise, is exciting.

I'd never heard of Corin Hardy before today or his work, so I thought it would be apropos to link to one of his music videos. He clearly has his own style and knows what he's doing with stop-motion. Will his talents transfer to live action film? Seems like we're going to find out soon enough

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