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Brad Anderson Taking Over ‘The Hive’ from Joel Schumacher

Written by on January 3, 2012 

So long as you ignore the observation that any change from Joel Schumacher is an upgrade, this is good news. As Variety tells us, The Machinist‘s Brad Anderson will be taking over directorial duties from the Trespass helmer on The Hive, which we’ve reported on a few times over the past couple of months. The last story centered on the potential casting of Halle Berry; though she’s abandoned it in the meantime, it’s said that “several top actresses have expressed interest in the part.” With shooting lined up for the end of this spring, expect someone to be put into the leading slot in the near future.

A reasoning behind Schumacher‘s departure isn’t given, but something could be gleaned from that prior story. It was, after all, said that he had a smaller, independent project possibly getting underway before The Hive began production. Did that end up taking precedence? We need to know what the master is doing next, and we need to know now.

But, anyway, the thriller realm is familiar territory — and probably the best place — for Anderson. He had some very kind things to say about the picture, noting that it contains his two favorite elements of a thriller: “strong, believable female characters and a smart, very dark and very creepy story that will definitely resonate with large audiences.” If he actually likes the thing, we should be in business. (As has already been mentioned, the script by Rich D’Ovidio revolves around “a 911 operator who must face her own fears in order to save a teenage girl from a serial killer.”) This might be more straightforward than the fare he’s been working on for the past few years — Vanishing on 7th Street goes right into the supernatural realm — but something that’s also more mainstream could be good for a guy who’s never had a commercial hit.

Are you happy about this change in directors?

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