The film, Refuge, will be directed by an aspiring UK filmmaker by the name of Corin Hardy. The Hollywood Reporter doesn't explain how the unknown Hardy won the attention of Raimi's Ghost House Pictures production outfit, but whatever they've seen has convinced them to throw in with Mandate on giving the film a helping hand. THR describes the project succinctly:
"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; both are repped by Paradigm's Marc Helwig and Trevor Astbury. Meanwhile, Blum's Blumhouse Prods. will finance a short film with the same premise as the "Refuge" feature. Hardy and De Ville will work on that as well. The idea is to offer a teaser that can help Hardy refine his vision even as the script is being developed."
That's about it on the details for now. Will it be as awesome as Abominable, one of many, many, many movies people give me crap for loving? Doubtful, but any story about our friendly, hairy hominids in the woods is a story I'll keep an eye out for.