David Slade is now tapped to direct an adaptation of Ally Condie‘s young adult novel Matched over at Disney. Slade was attached to direct the new Daredevil reboot at one point in time, but had to leave because he was committed to directing the pilot for NBC’s Hannibal. Now that he has completed his work on the pilot, the director is moving forward with this project, which is an interesting one for both Disney and Slade.
Love is the central focus of Condie’s novel, where a young girl named Cassia lives in world where The Society makes every decision for you. She believes in this system, even believes the people she must love and mate with. That is, until she sees visions of a boy named Ky. She tells The Society about these visions, and they tell her it’s nothing but a glitch. She refuses to accept that kind of answer. Now her whole world is turned upside down and she doesn’t know what to believe.
It’s a bit corny, but I could see why Disney may want to gravitate towards this material. It may not be fresh, but the potential is there. This isn’t the first time that Slade has adapted a YA novel before. Slade previously directed The Twilight Saga: New Moon, which may have been the best in the series, box office-wise.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Sherlock Holmes: Game of Shadows scribes Michelle and Kieran Mulroney are set to write the script. Like most YA novels, Matched is a part of a trilogy. So if Matched proves to be a success, you can be sure that two or three more film adaptations will follow.