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Joel Schumacher wants Halle Berry for his next project - a thriller titled The Hive, about "a female emergency line operator who, in trying to help a young girl, comes up against a killer from her own past."

Schumacher confirmed that he and the producers want Halle in the lead role, and he and Halle have talked about working together, but no deals are in place yet.

Shooting is scheduled to begin next February, and Schumacher says he's still casting the rest of the film.