MTV reports that David Slade will direct the big-screen adaptation of Neil Gaiman‘s Neverwhere.
Slade, who directed Hard Candy and 30 Days of Night, will work from a script written by Gaiman in 2000 which the author will revise.
Lisa Henson of the Henson Company, who produced make Gaiman’s and Dave McKean‘s MirrorMask, has been involved in the development of the big-screen adaptation for several years. Gaiman said that Henson told him that Harvey Weinstein, of the Weinstein Company, was interested in the Neverwhere feature film.
Neverwhere was first made into a miniseries for BBC in 1995 and Gaiman wrote the novelization the following year.
Neverwhere centers around Richard Mayhew, a man whose life is changed forever after he stops to help an injured woman named Door. Soon after, Richard realizes that no one can see him and his identity has been erased completely. If Richard ever wants to resume his normal life in London, he must accompany Door on a mysterious and dangerous quest to another reality.
Watch the MTV Rough Cut segment with Neil Gaiman.