Black Mirror’s David Slade signs on to direct Come Closer
Anton, one of the studios behind the hit action thriller Non-Stop and the family franchise Paddington, has announced that its upcoming psychological thriller Come Closer has found its director in thriller genre master David Slade.
The film, based on the novel of the same name by Sara Gran (Berlin Station), who has also penned the script, follows a young architect who moves into her new house and begins to question her own sanity as she questions whether she is losing her mind or is in the midst of a demonic possession.
Former Global Road exec John Zois, who joined Anton earlier this month as its EVP of Acquisitions and Co-Productions, negotiated the deal to fully finance the project and handle international sales, as well as the signing of Slade to helm the film.
The 49-year-old English director got his start shooting music videos for south English bands, with his first professional job directing a commercial for the Silent Hill game for the UK market. He followed it up with directing the 2005 well-received thriller Hard Candy starring Ellen Page (The Umbrella Academy) and Patrick Wilson (Aquaman), followed by the 2007 adaptation of the horror graphic novel 30 Days of Night, the third installment in the Twilight film franchise, Eclipse, and various episodes of the acclaimed NBC thriller series Hannibal, Starz fantasy epic American Gods and the sci-fi anthology Black Mirror, including the interactive movie Bandersnatch.
Gran, who was a story editor for about half of the TNT drama Southland, will be producing the film adaptation of her novel alongside Academy Award-nominee Michael London, whose credits include the FX drama Snowfall, the 2004 acclaimed adaptation of the romantic comedy novel Sideways, the 2008 biopic Milk and the well-received 2015 meta horror comedy The Final Girls.