Brad Anderson (The Machinist) has signed on to replace Joel Schumacher as director of the upcoming thriller The Hive from Troika Pictures. According to Variety, the film is set in "a 911 emergency center, [and is] a fast-paced suspense pic follow[ing] a 911 operator who must face her own fears in order to save a teenage girl from a serial killer." Having seen Schumacher's latest thriller Trespass, I think Anderson coming on board is the best thing that could happen for the movie.
The script was penned by Rich D'Ovidio (Exit Wounds) and initially had Halle Berry attached to star. She has since dropped out for personal scheduling conflicts, and there are a number of actresses interested in the lead. Sony Pictures Acquisitions is overseeing domestic distribution, with production expected for late spring.
Here is what Anderson had to say about working on the film:
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 has directed films such as Session 9, Transsiberian, and most recently Vanishing on 7th Street. If you have not seen Transsiberian, it is great and stars Woody Harrelson and Kate Mara (Rooney Mara's sister who stars in David Fincher's The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo). This sounds like an interesting story that Anderson will do well at directing.