Ally Condie has taken to her personal Twitter to confirm that there has been no progress and no updates on the “Matched” movie project. Kimmy West’s Page to Premiere website was the first to report on Ally’s tweet. We reported, some time ago, that David Slade stepped down from the director’s chair and Jon Chu “stepped up” to replace him. Jon Chu, of course, was the director of movies that included Step Up: 2 and Step Up: 3D, both of which he worked with with Matched producer Adam Shankman. As of January of this year, he was in the negotiations to direct but nothing had been confirmed.
After the script, penned by husband and wife team Michelle and Kiernan Mulroney (who also penned the script for a Sherlock Holmes film), had been confirmed as complete back in January of this year, there has been no more movie news. Six months after the Jon Chu and script news, Ally Condie confirms that there has been no more news/updates on the project.
Do you think that this news about the lack of news is a bad sign for any hopes of an actual movie being produced? Hopefully the executives that give movies a “green light” to start production will be watching as our fellow fans at The Mortal Instruments fandom turn out big box office numbers for Cassandra Clare’s City of Bones movie. If movies like City of Bones and upcoming the Divergent film do well at the box office, “Matched” may have a better chance of transitioning from book to movie!
David Slade is no longer set to direct Disney’s upcoming adaptation of Matched. Though there’s no news as to why this change occurred, Heat Vision is reporting that Jon Chu is about to seal a deal to take his place in the director’s chair!
Jon Chu is mostly known for more modern-day, highly-choreographed films like Step Up 2: The Streets and Step Up 3D (both of which he worked on with Matched producer Adam Shankman) as well as the upcoming G.I. Joe: Retaliation. It will be interested to see what he does with a heartfelt futuristic romance!
The article also confirms that the script written by Michelle and Kiernan Mulroney (who also penned Sherlock Holmes: Game of Shadows) is complete! Hopefully, this means the project will start rolling along quickly from here on out!
Deadline has announced that director David Slade has been picked to helm Disney’s adaptation of Matched:
Disney has signed David Slade to direct Matched, and adaptation of the Ally Condie young-adult novel. The book series revolves around a girl in a dystopian future where choice is taken away, and a young woman falls in love with a guy she has not been matched with. Kieran and Michelle Mulroney (Sherlock Holmes 2) wrote the script and Offspring’s Jennifer Gibgot and Adam Shankman are producing. The third book in the series, Reached, will be published in November by Penguin. Slade directed 30 Days Of Night and The Twilight Saga: Eclipse and was supposed to direct Daredevil before backing out to direct the pilot for Hannibal. He is repped by WME.
At this point, it seems David Slade is only signed on for the first film, which is typical with film series’ these days. He known for having a unique visual style in each of his films, so we can’t wait to see what he brings to Matched!