Amber Benson and Adam Busch (Tara and Warren, respectively, of “Buffy” fame) have teamed up to co-direct a film called “Drones,” which appears to be a cross-pollination of the office slacker comedy and the aliens infiltrating and invading science fiction flicks, the love child of “V” and “Office Space.” It’s an independent film but landed a fairly impressive second tier cast with Samm Levine, Angela Bettis, Jonathan Woodward, and Dave Allen. Although she’s the co-director, Amber Benson unfortunately doesn’t pull a Shyamalan and give herself a role, probably because her SAG contract forbids her from appearing on screen unless making out with Alyson Hannigan.
Two trailers have gone up online over the last month, showing very different angles of the film. First they released this one:
Then this one:
I think what happened is that the first trailer is just a little too indie cutesy romance with the sci-fi element so muted as to come across as little more than a couple funny lines that could be interpreted as indie cutesy slightly crazy girl a la Zooey Deschanel. The second trailer gives off more of a Shaun of the Dead vibe, but feels really forced without giving much of a hint of the actual plot other the than romance angle.
The film sees daylight at the Slamdance Film Festival next week so we should get a better idea then if it succeeds at bridging a happy medium between those two trailers.