Although she’s not the hip-hop star that music video director Anthony Mandler is used to, the helmer has set up his directorial debut with the teenage lead of “True Grit”, Hailee Steinfeld. The Los Angeles-based director has worked with nearly every major act, including Snoop Dogg, M.I.A., Commonm 50 Cent, Eminem, Rihanna, Beyoncé, Jay-Z, T.I., Tyler, the Creator, Spice Girls and Justin Bieber.
Mandler has signed on to direct “Dead Of Winter,” a Black List script by Sarah Conradt that has “True Grit” breakout Hailee Steinfeld set to star. Not too bad. But unfortunately, it sounds like a pretty rote little thriller. Steinfeld will play a teen who heads to a remote cabin with her father, who hopes his daughter will more closely bond with her new stepmother. But a fugitive posing as a park ranger shows up, and suddenly they are put in danger and have to fight to survive.
It sounds like a string of other generic horror films, but with a lead like Steinfeld and some script recognition hopefully there is some twists up its sleeve. Mandler’s also working on an ex-F. Gary Gray project The Last Days of American Crime, but this one looks to be gearing up first. To get a taste of his style, check out videos below while we look forward to his transition into features.