Brad Anderson to replace Joel Schumacher on Troika thriller

“The Machinist” helmer Brad Anderson has come on to replace Joel Schumacher as director of Troika Pictures’ thriller “The Hive.”

Set against the backdrop of a 911 emergency center, fast-paced suspense pic follows a 911 operator who must face her own fears in order to save a teenage girl from a serial killer.

Rich D’Ovidio (“Exit Wounds”) wrote the script, which initially had Halle Berry attached before she dropped out due to personal scheduling issues, though several top actresses have expressed interest in the part.

Michael Helfant and Robert Stein will produce for Troika Pictures, whose Bradley Gallo will co-produce. Jeff Graup will also produce the pic, while Phil Cohen and William Gallo will exec produce.

Sony Pictures Acquisitions is the domestic distributor and Sierra/Affinity is handling foreign sales.

Production is skedded for late spring.

“We are thrilled to have Brad directing ‘The Hive,'” said Stein and Helfant. “He shares our passion and excitement for this edge-of-the-seat thriller. ‘The Hive’ is exactly the kind of film we set out to make when we formed Troika Pictures with our financiers.”

“I’m extremely excited about working with Troika on ‘The Hive,'” added Anderson. “This script has two elements I always look for in a thriller — strong, believable female characters and a smart, very dark and very creepy story that will definitely resonate with large audiences.”

Anderson recently directed “Transsiberian” and “Vanishing on 7th Street.” He’s repped by WME and Cinetic Management.

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