David Slade Directing Disney’s Matched

Matched Book BannerApparently Disney is tired of watching studios like Summit Entertainment and Lionsgate monopolize the teenage girl disposable income part of the moviegoing public, thanks to their “Hunger Games” and “Twilights” and whatnot, so they’re doing what any self-respecting movie studio would do — they’re horning in on the action. Enter: “Matched”.

And David Slade.

I’m always interested to see what kind of nuttiness David Slade gets himself into. He is, after all, the man who gave us “Hard Candy”, “30 Days of Night”, and, um, “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse”. After his “Daredevil” reboot blew up (man, would I have loved to see that one!), Slade went on to direct the “Hannibal” pilot for NBC, and has now landed his latest feature-film gig.

“Matched” will be based on a young adult novel set in a dystopian future written by Ally Condi. I bet you know what comes next, huh? Yup, you guessed it, clever kids. “Matched’s” lead is a spunky, fiercely independent teenage girl, and there is indeed a love triangle with two dreamy, hunky hunks. (Oh, who to choose!) It is also the first of a trilogy (well, DUH, young adult + dystopian future = trilogy), with the second book being “Crossed” and the third and final book, “Reached” due out later this November.

More about “Matched” from Amazon:

Cassia has always trusted the Society to make the right choices for her: what to read, what to watch, what to believe. So when Xander’s face appears on-screen at her Matching ceremony, Cassia knows he is her ideal mate . . . until she sees Ky Markham’s face flash for an instant before the screen fades to black. The Society tells her it’s a glitch, a rare malfunction, and that she should focus on the happy life she’s destined to lead with Xander. But Cassia can’t stop thinking about Ky, and as they slowly fall in love, Cassia begins to doubt the Society’s infallibility and is faced with an impossible choice: between Xander and Ky, between the only life she’s known and a path that no one else has dared to follow.

Oh, that Cassia! Such a spitfire!

In any case, “Sherlock Holmes” writers Michelle and Kieran Mulroney will adapt the project for Disney, who has chosen Slade as their choice to direct. I guess despite his rather gritty filmography, Slade has proven with the “Twilight” installment that he’s a flexible director when it comes to commercial projects.

Maybe he can parlay this into a dark and gritty “Daredevil” movie for Marvel Studios. One can only hope. Or something with vampires. Or fangs. Slade is good at that, too.

David Slade on the set of The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (2010) Movie Image

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