There's been a lot to write about filmmaker Joel Schumacher over the years. For example, his directorial debut was 1981's The Incredible Shrinking Woman. He also directed Flatliners and The Lost Boys. Oh, and Batman Forever. And Batman & Robin. How the man went from directing The Phantom of the Opera in 2004 to Blood Creek in 2009 is anybody's guess, and let's be honest: the man's latest effort, the migraine-inducing Nicolas Cage thriller Trespass, is nobody's idea of a good time.
So perhaps it's good news that Joel Schumacher is out of the director's chair on the upcoming horror/thriller called The Hive. (Nothing personal, Joel.) The news of his replacement, however, is certainly exciting to those who call themselves fans of Session 9, The Machinist, Transsiberian, and/or Vanishing on 7th Street. According to Variety, it looks like the indie/genre favorite Brad Anderson is about to step into the director's chair recently vacated by Mr. Schumacher.
Apparently a thriller about a woman who races to save a young woman's life from within a 9/11 call center (so no, it's not about a hive of bees, darnit), The Hive comes from screenwriter Richard D'Ovidio, who had two movies in 2001 (13 Ghosts and Exit Wounds), but nothing since then. (Congrats, Rich!) Production company Troika seems more than pleased to have Mr. Anderson step into the project at short notice -- as are those of us who gravitate towards interesting genre fare at film festivals and arthouses. (OK, and on video.)