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Joel Schumacher Out, Brad Anderson In For The Hive

Joel Schumacher should not be allowed to make movies anymore. It's not only that I'm still mad at him for what he did to Batman, but also that he has proven time and time again that he is just a lousy filmmaker. His last two films, Trespass and Twelve, were nothing but crap that wasted both the time of critics and audiences. Lucky for us, the director has been replaced on a project that he was supposed to make by a much more competent filmmaker.

According to Variety, Brad Anderson, best known for directing Session 9 and The Machinist, has replaced Schumacher at the helm of The Hive. The film is about a 9-1-1 operator who works to save a girl from a serial killer and must face her own fears in the process. Screenwriter Rich D'Ovidio, whose previous work includes Thir13en Ghosts and Exit Wounds, wrote the script and while Halle Berry was originally attached to star, she was forced to drop out due to scheduling conflicts. The trade says that other "top actresses" have been interested in the part, though no names are given. Production on the film is scheduled to begin this spring.

It's a shame that Terrence Malick's decision to cast Christian Bale in both Lawless and Knight of Cups is probably getting in the way of Anderson making Concrete Island, which he's been attached to for almost year, but we can hope that this will be just as good. Anderson's greatest strength has always been his ability to create dense, creepy atmosphere (even in the less than stellar Vanishing on 7th Street) and this project sounds like it could be a great outlet for that.

Eric Eisenberg
Eric Eisenberg

NJ native who calls LA home; lives in a Dreamatorium. A decade-plus CinemaBlend veteran; endlessly enthusiastic about the career he’s dreamt of since seventh grade.