David Slade to Direct the Futuristic Love Story 'Matched' for Disney
Director David Slade may no longer be taking on an adaptation of Marvel's comic Daredevil (though neither is Joe Carnahan or likely anybody else anytime soon), but that's not keeping him from working. In fact, the 30 Days of Night and Hard Candy director is taking on a project we never would have expected. Heat Vision has word that Slade is attached to direct an adaptation of the young adult novel Matched, a futuristic love story which has Rock of Ages director Adam Shankman and Jennifer Gibgot producing with a script from Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows writers Michelle and Kieran Mulroney. More below!
Based on Ally Condie's book of the same name, the story takes place in a future society where people are told what to read, what to watch, what to believe and who to love, but one young woman rejects an arranged romance and chooses her own path. Maybe this trailer for the book (yes, those apparently exist) will explain:
Matched is actually the first book in a trilogy. The second book Crossed is already on shelves while the third book Reached will be available for purchase in November. No doubt Disney is looking to get their own Hunger Games-esque franchise off the ground, and since female protagonists seem to be all the rage right now, this is a logical choice. What seems strange is Slade's directing talents being brought on for the project as he's been a bit more hard-boiled and edgy, something that Disney isn't always associated with unless it's through their Touchstone banner. Of course, he did make the best installment of The Twilight Saga with Eclipse, so maybe that's why Disney wanted him for the job. Stay tuned.