The actress has signed on to the former Joel Schumacher project (never a good sign) "The Hive" to be directed by "The Machinist" helmer Brad Anderson. Penned by Rich D'Ovidio ("Thir13en Ghosts," "Exit Wounds") the film will find Berry playing a 911 call operator who must face her own fears in order to save a teenage girl from a disturbed killer. Hoo boy. Berry was actually attached to this back when Schumacher was going to direct (Halle, get a new agent) and came back aboard once scheduling worked out. Apparently a lot of "top actresses" were chasing the role, but Berry wound up nabbing it and that's who the producers wanted. Or so the story goes.
Production on this will begin in June. Frankly, we don't expect much but at least Berry has "Cloud Atlas" on the horizon, one that will let her show off the talents that won her an Oscar, in a variety of roles. As for "The Hive," we'll see if it's worth picking up once it rings into theaters. [Variety]