David Slade to Direct MATCHED Adaptation for Disney

     September 5, 2012

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 Director David Slade is taking his young adult franchise film experience (The Twilight Saga: Eclipse) and putting it to good use to kick off another adaptation, Matched.  The YA novel from author Ally Condie was previously acquired by Disney, who set Michelle and Kieran Mulroney (Sherlock Holmes:A Game of Shadows) to pen the script.  The book is the first in a trilogy that centers on a young girl living in an uber-controlling society and her rebellious decision to reject an arranged romance and follow her own heart.  Hit the jump for more on Slade’s appointment to the adaptation.

HeatVision reports that Disney thinks Slade is their perfect match for this project, which comes with built-in follow up films Crossed and Reached should the first picture be successful. Slade only directed one of the Twilight films, but that was enough to win him the job for Matched.  The director previously brought the pedophile-centric Hard Candy to the screen with Ellen Page and just wrapped up directing the pilot for NBC’s Hannibal series.  He’s no stranger to hard edges, so it will be interesting to see what he does with Matched.  

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Here’s a book description for the novel (via 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.

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