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Halle Berry Officially Attached To Star In Thriller "The Hive" (Project Gets New Director & Start Date)

by Tambay A. Obenson
March 15, 2012 11:34 AM
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You might recall that back in October, director Joel Schumacher was quoted as saying that he wanted Halle Berry for his next project, which was this one, The Hive, although no deals were in place at the time, and shooting was supposed to begin in February.

Fast-forward to today, as it's being reported that Halle is indeed attached to star in the thriller, although this time with a different director helming the project - Brad Anderson (Vanishing On 7th Street, The Machinist).

Rich D'Ovidio (13 GhostsExit Wounds) penned the script, which is based on an original story by Rich, Nicole D'OvidioJon Bokencamp

Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions already picked up domestic distribution rights, so it looks like this baby is a go, with production now scheduled to begin in late June in Los Angeles. 

What's it about?

Set against the backdrop of a 911 call center, fast-paced suspense pic will find Berry playing a 911 emergency operator who must face her own fears in order to save a teenage girl from a disturbed killer.

"I'm thrilled to be working with Halle on this... It's a formidable role for an equally formidable actress," said director Anderson. Variety notes that when Anderson replaced Schumacher on the project in January this year, Halle wasn't attached; several "top actresses" reportedly pursued the project, and Berry eventually committed to it after soe scheduling conflicts were resolved.

I've dug most of Brad Anderson's work - mostly dark thrillers (Next Stop Wonderland, his debut feature aside), although nothing he's done has been particularly mindblowing (though I can say that for lots of directors), and he doesn't do *blockbusters* either. But he's more than capable, and I'm curious to see what comes of this. 

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  • roberto | March 16, 2012 7:19 PMReply

    sounds decent hope it turns out well

  • Marissa | March 16, 2012 3:52 PMReply

    Sandra + Screen Nation, what's sounds so good about this? I'm sure it'll be another one of her trashy thrillers (Rich Man's Wife, Gothika, Perfect Stranger, Dark Tide - does she have a good thriller in her filmography?) that go nowhere with critics or the box office. Brad Anderson is a serviceable director, but you don't have to look any further than the screenwriter to see where this one will fall apart. IF she makes a comeback of sorts it'll probably be in Cloud Atlas. I've heard it's testing very strong across the board although not a word about HB's performance thus far.

  • sandra | March 16, 2012 7:59 PM

    @Marissa - not saying it's an electrifying concept...but it has potential of being a simple, tight, pulse-raising thriller if well-executed (e.g. Phone Booth & Taken). Then again, it could go the way of her other disasters. Just wanted to see a comeback from her. Not too sure she is capable of one. sounds better on paper than that Dark Tide project.

  • Screen Nation | March 15, 2012 11:48 PMReply

    Damn, after her last bomb, we thought we might have been able to tempt her with our next picture, but this finally looks like her comeback pic to us so its bye bye Halle and hello Angela Bassett.

  • sandra | March 15, 2012 2:25 PMReply

    As for Halle, this is the best project I've heard her attached to since...well... since her Oscar. Let's hope it ACTUALLY happens. This could be a nice comeback.

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