David Slade to Direct COME CLOSER

2019/02/28 20:49:14 +00:00 | Jonathan James

It has been revealed that David Slade has signed on to direct Come Closer for Anton, based on the demonic possession novel of the same name from Sara Gran. After having directed the massively popular Black Mirror movie, Bandersnatch, I've been curious to see where David Slade's interests would take him next and it doesn't seem like he'll be leaving genre projects any time soon.

LOS ANGELES (February 28, 2019) – Anton announced today that its upcoming thriller Come Closer will be directed by David Slade (Black Mirror: Bandersnatch, Hard Candy, “American Gods”). The film, which is based on the novel of the same name, is penned by the novel’s author Sara Gran (“Berlin Station,” “Southland”). Come Closer, which follows a young architect who may be the victim of demonic possession or simply may be losing her mind, will be produced by Academy Award® nominee Michael London (Sideways, The Visitor, Milk) and Sara Gran.

Anton is fully financing, executive producing and handling worldwide sales. Recently appointed as EVP of Acquisitions & Co-Productions, John Zois, negotiated the deal and will oversee the project for Anton.

Slade most recently directed the revolutionary choose-your-own-adventure movie Black Mirror: Bandersnatch for Netflix. Slade is best known for his films Hard Candy (starring Patrick Wilson, Ellen Page and Sandra Oh), 30 Days of Night (starring Josh Hartnett and Melissa George) and The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, as well as the television shows “American Gods” and “Hannibal.”

Gran has written for the tv shows “Berlin Station” and “Southland” and written pilots for HBO, TNT and Cinemax, among others. She's also published six novels, most recently The Infinite Blacktop. Her novel Come Closer was published in 2003 to overwhelming critical favor.

London most recently produced Farming starring Kate Beckinsale and directed by Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, which premiered at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival. He received a Golden Globe® award for Best Picture in the comedy category for Alexander Payne’s Sideways and is currently working on Showtime’s Golden Globe® nominated “SMILF,” SyFy’s “The Magicians,” and FX’s “Snowfall.”

Slade is represented by UTA, Anonymous and Casarotto Ramsay in the UK. Gran is represented by WME, Manage-ment and The Nord Group. London is represented by WME.

Anton’s slate includes Ric Roman Waugh’s Greenland starring Gerard Butler; David Bruckner’s The Night House starring Rebecca Hall; and Chase Palmer’s Naked Singularity starring John Boyega.

Released in 2003, here's the official synopsis for the novel:

A recurrent, unidentifiable noise in her apartment. A memo to her boss that’s replaced by obscene insults. Amanda—a successful architect in a happy marriage—finds her life going off kilter by degrees. She starts smoking again, and one night for no reason, without even the knowledge that she’s doing it, she burns her husband with a cigarette. At night she dreams of a beautiful woman with pointed teeth on the shore of a blood-red sea.

The new voice in Amanda’s head, the one that tells her to steal things and talk to strange men in bars, is strange and frightening, and Amanda struggles to wrest back control of her life. Is she possessed by a demon, or is she simply insane?