David Slade Encounters The Widow

Indie thriller for Twilight director

Photo credit: Erica Farjo

He walked from the now-abandoned Daredevil reboot a year or so ago, but the news that David Slade's next project will involve a Widow shouldn't get Marvel fans a-flutter that he's instead prepping a solo outing for Natasha Romanoff. Nope, The Widow in this case is a stand-alone psychological thriller, being set up at Vendome Pictures (Source Code), which Slade has just signed up to direct.

Ray Wright (who penned the remake of The Crazies) has written the screenplay, which involves a young woman who befriends a lonely widow, but discovers that their initial encounter was not a chance occurance. She's been manipulated into befriending a widow? Why? By whom? Who is The Widow? These are questions that will only be answered in the fullness of time.

"We are thrilled to be working on this piece with David," says Vendome's Philippe Rousselet. "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."

Those plum roles have yet to be cast, but the project is now "out to actresses" and should be much fought over, if Rousselet is to be believed. There's no start date yet, pending that cast, but Slade is busy enough anyway currently, exec producing and occasionally directing NBC's Hannibal.