'Machinist' Director Brad Anderson Taking Over the Thriller 'The Hive'

January 3, 2012
Source: Variety

Brad Anderson

Since last April, hit-or-miss director Joel Schumacher (who has honestly, missed much more often recently than he's hit), has been attached to helm the new Troika Pictures thriller The Hive, the story of a 911 operator who must face her own fears in order to save a teenage girl from a serial killer. However, now Variety has word that director Brad Anderson (The Machinist, Transsiberian) will now be at the helm of the feature from Exit Wounds writer Rich D'Ovidio. Anderson has been busy directing TV series like "Boardwalk Empire" and "Fringe following Vanishing on 7th Street in 2010, but now he's back to films.

However, it's not clear who will step up to take the lead female role along with this new director. At one time, Halle Berry was attached to the film, but scheduling issues kept her from finalizing a deal. The trade does point out that several other top actresses have expressed interest in the film, but no specific names were given. Anderson's most recent thriller left something to be desired, but both Transsiberian and The Machinist were great thrillers and fine moments in his career. In fact, it might serve the project better to have someone like Anderson on board rather than Schumacher who hasn't had a great film in over a decade.

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