A Director Found in the Dead of Winter

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Hailee Steinfeld to Make Her Way Through the Dead of WinterIt’s been a few months since last we heard anything about Lionsgate’s new chiller Dead of Winter, but finally there’s something worth talking about. A director is eyeballing the project, and we’ve got all the details and more!

Variety reports that music video and commercial helmer Anthony Mandler is attached to direct Dead of Winter, a Black List thriller written by Sarah Conradt that has Hailee Steinfeld (True Grit) attached to star.

Steinfeld is slated to play a teen who heads to a remote cabin in the mountains with her father and new stepmother — an experience he hopes will bring the two ladies closer together. When a dangerous fugitive posing as a park ranger shows up, the trio must put aside the family bonding to fight for survival.

Judd Payne, Matt Williams, and David McFadzean will produce for Wind Dancer along with Hopscotch’s Sukee Chew and Sherryl Clark’s shingle Busted Shark.

Producers are aiming for an early 2013 start date so if the elements come together, the film will serve as Mandler’s feature directing debut.

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