Deadline reports that well-versed horror director Brad Anderson – who directed popular films Session 9 and The Machinist, as well as Vanishing on 7th Street, Transsiberian, and The Call – is attached to direct Book Of Leaves, which The Exchange will be launching in Cannes next week.
The film centers on a single mother and former nun who has lost her faith. When she is hired by the Vatican’s General Council to appraise a 17th century monastery in ruins with a dark and violent past she discovers a deadly ancient manuscript called The Book of Leaves.
The original screenplay was penned by Jonathan Hirschbein (The Fix).
Producers are Lee Clay from First Point Entertainment (No Good Deed) and Chad Hamilton ("Mr. Robot") of Anonymous Content. Anderson most recently made Jon Hamm-Rosamund Pike thriller Beirut.
Casting is under way by John Papsidera (Dunkirk).