New Line will produce "The Woman Next Door," which is still in the very early stages as LaBute will not begin work on it until the writer's strike is resolved. Hackford reportedly offered the film to LaBute after taking in a production of the scribe's Wrecks. "This is a lesser-known Truffaut film about ex-lovers, long separated, who suddenly find themselves living next door to each other," LaBute told the trade publication. "Each is married. Neither tells their spouse they know each other, and it's a collision course into disaster as they rekindle a volatile relationship, with great passion and suspense.... Taylor said if he was ever going to remake a movie, this was the one he could do something with."
LaBute's plays include bash: latter-day plays, The Shape of Things, The Distance From Here, The Mercy Seat, Autobahn, This Is How It Goes and Wrecks. The writer-director has also worked on the films "In the Company of Men," "Your Friends and Neighbors," "Nurse Betty," "Possession," "The Shape of Things" and "Wicker Man."
Hackford earned acclaim for his film "Ray" and will next shoot the feature "Love Ranch," starring (his wife) Helen Mirren and Joe Pesci. The director is slated to stage the new musical Leap of Faith aiming for a spring 2009 bow on Broadway. The adaptation features music by Alan Menken (The Little Mermaid), lyrics by Glenn Slater (Newyorkers) and a book by Janus Cercone, who wrote the original screenplay.