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‘Twilight: Eclipse’ director boards ‘Villain’

Wayfare Entertainment taps David Slade for pic

Wayfare Entertainment has tapped David Slade (“The Twilight Saga: Eclipse”) to direct the psychological thriller “Villain,” written by Josh Zetumer (“Robocop”).

Wayfare will produce and fully finance the pic, which follows two brothers as they confront their dark past in an unforgiving wilderness.

Production is scheduled to take place in Alaska, and the filmmakers are currently casting the two lead roles.

Ben Browning, Sarah Shepard and Jeremy Kipp Walker will produce for Wayfare Entertainment, whose Michael Maher will exec produce with Zetumer. Shepard brought the project into the company.

“David is a brilliant director with an eye for gritty, dark thrillers,” said Browning. “He’s the perfect match for Josh’s phenomenal script and we are confident that we will draw top-tier talent to the project in the coming weeks.”

Slade began his career directing the psychological thriller “Hard Candy” and vampire pic “30 Days of Night” before landing the coveted job to direct “Eclipse,” which grossed nearly $700 million worldwide. He’s attached to direct 20th Century Fox’s “Daredevil” reboot, the NBC pilot “Hannibal” and Electric City’s adaptation of Ed Brubaker’s graphic novel “Coward.”

Zetumer wrote MGM’s “Robocop” remake as well as “The Infiltrator,” which Warner Bros. and Appian Way are developing as a star vehicle for Leonardo DiCaprio.

Wayfare, which previously produced “Sanctum” with James Cameron, recently closed a deal to produce an adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s best-selling fantasy novel “The Graveyard Book” for Disney. Company is currently in post-production on Sebastian Cordero’s “The Europa Report,” which stars Sharlto Copley. Sierra/Affinity is handling international sales for the pic.

Slade is represented by WME and Anonymous Content, while UTA and Management 360 rep Zetumer.

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