NBC’s Silence of the Lambs prequel series Hannibal has been holding on to pretty strong ratings since the show premiered last month, but the show hasn’t yet been given the official green light for a second season. In the meantime, executive producer David Slade – who also directed three of the episodes that have been aired so far – is keeping his schedule busy by returning to feature-film directing.
Slade has reportedly been brought on to direct The Widow, a new thriller for Vendome Pictures, the production company behind the 2011 sci-fi film, Source Code. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind studio Anonymous Content are also onboard to co-produce.
According to the synopsis, The Widow is about a young woman who befriends a lonely old widow, but then begins to suspect that their first encounter may not have been entirely coincidental. The casting search for the two female leads has already begun, though THR reports that no names are attached yet.
The script for The Widow was written by Ray Wright, who also penned the recent remake of George Romero’s 1973 movie The Crazies, and co-wrote the remake of Japanese horror Pulse. Neither movie was all that impressive (Pulse was particularly painful to sit through), so we can only hope that Wright has refined his craft a little in the interim years.
While his biggest-grossing film to date is The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, Slade has an established reputation in the darker side of cinema, having first made a name for himself directing Ellen Page and Patrick Wilson in the tense, minimalist horror Hard Candy, which he followed up up with vampire rampage 30 Days of Night (in which the vampires neither sparkled nor lay down in meadows full of flowers for hours on end). For a long time he was also in line to direct the long-delayed Daredevil reboot, a dream which ended when Fox failed to get the movie off the ground in time and the rights reverted back to Disney and Marvel.
The Widow‘s writer might not inspire much confidence, but Slade is a solid director and with the right cast attached the project could definitely be a recipe for success. With plot details currently so sparse, it’s difficult to judge how interesting the premise is, but based on what has been revealed so far it’s possible that Vendome Pictures have a Single White Female-style thriller in mind.
We’ll keep you updated on casting news and possible release dates for The Widow as the project develops.