'Twilight's' David Slade to Direct Thriller 'The Widow' (Exclusive)

3:55 PM PST 05/02/2013 by Pamela McClintock
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David Slade

Slade -- whose credits include "The Twilight Saga: Eclipse" -- had drawn rave reviews for his "Hannibal" episodes.

David Slade has come aboard to direct The Widow for Vendome Pictures.

Penned by Ray Wright, the psychological thriller centers on a young woman who befriends a lonely widow only to discover that their encounter was not a coincidence.

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Vendome CEO Philippe Rousselet will produce the film alongside Steve Golin and Alix Madigan of Anonymous Content. Vendome is financing the film, with plans to commence production later this year. The project is out to actresses.

Slade, whose feature credits include The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, is the executive producer on NBC's midseason hit Hannibal. He's directed multiple episodes, as well as the pilot, with his work drawing rave reviews. Spade's breakthrough movie was Hard Candy in 2006, followed by the vampire genre pic 30 Days of Night.

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"We are thrilled to be working on this piece with David. He is such a dynamic filmmaker, and we are excited about his vision to make this movie a throwback to some of the most iconic thrillers in cinematic history -- not to mention the two females leads being the strongest and most interesting we have seen in some time," Rousselet said.

Vendome’s Guy Stodel and Sarah Schweitzman will oversee the project for the company.

Vendome, which financed and produced Source Code,  also is developing El Bulli, based in part on the world-famous Spanish chef Ferran Adria and the restaurant he built.

Anonymous’ recent credits include such awards-season contenders as Winter’s Bone, Babel and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.

Slade is represented by WME and Anonymous.

 

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