Might this short film be the genesis of District 9: En Espanol? Sam Raimi’s production company thinks so.

Ataque de Pánico (Panic Attack), a four-minute short from Uruguayan commercial director Fede Alvarez, was made for reportedly less than $500. But Variety reports that the impressive short led Raimi’s Ghost House Pictures to strike a seven-figure deal to work on Alvarez’s debut feature, which will be an alien invasion story. (El Pais puts the budget of the planned feature between $30 and $40 million.)

Think Panic Attack shows signs of genius? I’m a fan of new voices and nontraditional methods of entering the Hollywood moneycult, so put me in the “enthusiastic and curious” camp. What about you, PopWatchers? Are you tired of robo-apocalypse movies, or is that like being tired of sex and candy?