Joel Schumacher Out and Brad Anderson In for The Hive

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The HiveIt’s a new year and time to shake things up with regard to Troika Pictures’ upcoming The Hive. Joel Schumacher, who was originally attached to direct the suspense thriller, has now been replaced by Brad Anderson (Transsiberian, Vanishing on 7th Street).

Per Variety Rich D’Ovidio (Exit Wounds) wrote the script, which follows a 911 operator who must face her own fears in order to save a teenage girl from a serial killer. Halle Berry was attached to star before she dropped out due to personal scheduling issues, and now several top actresses have expressed interest in the part.

Michael Helfant and Robert Stein will produce for Troika Pictures, whose Bradley Gallo will co-produce. Jeff Graup will also produce while Phil Cohen and William Gallo will exec produce. Sony Pictures Acquisitions is the domestic distributor, and Sierra/Affinity is handling foreign sales.

Production is slated for late spring.

We are thrilled to have Brad directing The Hive,” said Stein and Helfant. “He shares our passion and excitement for this edge-of-the-seat thriller. The Hive is exactly the kind of film we set out to make when we formed Troika Pictures with our financiers.

I’m extremely excited about working with Troika on The Hive,” added Anderson. “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.

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  • Vanvance1

    Transsiberian was painfully boring. I don’t think I can handle another Anderson film like that.

  • kiddcapone

    I really liked Session 9 but there’s just one part of the movie that keeps it from being great. I know it’s minor, I know it’s a stupid nitpick, but towards the very end when they play some ridiculous clown music during the flashback “reveal” portion, it just sucks me right out of the creepy atmosphere of the entire flick. It’s just so stupid and out of place…

  • Caterpillar

    Unfortunately, Brad Anderson failed to live up to the enormous promise of SESSION 9.

    • The Woman In Black

      I tend to agree. Both Transsiberian and Vanishing on 7th Street were decent films but nowhere near the caliber of Session 9, still to this day one of the spookiest films I’ve ever seen. He’s done good work in TV, though, on shows like Fringe and The Killing so I’ll still give The Hive a shot.

      • LSD Zombie

        It’s kind of hard to top or match Session 9 when you don’t have a great location like Danvers to shoot on. That added A LOT of dread and creepiness that otherwise wouldn’t have been there.

  • Diavolo

    Always interested in a Brad Anderson film, but the brief story synopsis is hardly attention grabbing.