Today we have news that Joel Schumacher (Batman & Robin, The Number 23) has been replaced as the director of The Hive, a new psychological thriller from Troika Pictures. Brad Anderson (The Machinist, Session 9) has been tapped to replace him. The Hive is about a 9-1-1 operator who tries to save a girl from a serial killer, all the while facing her own fear in the process.

The screenplay is written by Rich D’Ovidio, whose previous work includes Thir13en Ghosts and Exit Wounds. Halle Berry was originally attached to star, but she dropped out due to scheduling conflicts. Word is that the script is very much in demand by other top actresses, although no specific names have been mentioned thus far. Production is scheduled to begin this spring, so expect new casting news to filter in soon.

Anderson’s career is an interesting one: he began directing light romantic comedies like Next Stop Wonderland and Happy Accidents, but really hit it big commercially with dark atmospheric work like The Machinist starring a pre-Batman Begins Christian Bale. He has proven adept with tension – especially with his work on Session 9 – so expect this film to have that same foreboding and fear that has become his trademark.

When asked about coming about the project, Anderson was very enthusiastic.

“I’m extremely excited about working with Troika on ‘The Hive…This script has two elements I always look for in a thriller, strong, believable female characters and a smart, very dark and very creepy story that will definitely resonate with large audiences.”

Anderson is a good choice for this film. He definitely has the filmmaking chops and with the right actress will probably deliver a tense exciting movie. Schumacher, on the other hand, has had a long uneven career of hits (Veronica Guerin, DC Cab) and more misses (The Phantom of the Opera, 8MM) so swapping the directors was probably a good idea.

Production begins on The Hive this spring.

Source: Variety