Hardy will be stepping in to replace F. Javier Gutiérrez (Before The Fall), who had been lining up to direct but has switched instead to focus on a new Ring horror movie. Luke Evans (The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug) is still attached to play Eric Draven, murdered by thugs alongside his fiancée, who is brought back to vengeful life by mysterious forces to hunt down his attackers.
Cliff Dorfman (Warrior) wrote the most recent draft of the script, and producer Edward R. Pressman (American Psycho) hopes to have production under way in the spring. Hardy may not be a well known mainstream name yet, but he is certainly aiming to change that. It doesn't hurt that he was recommended to Pressman by none other than Edgar Wright (The World's End). He has his debut film The Hallow due out next year and has been building a reputation as an commercials, music video and short film director, including his praised stop-motion piece Butterfly.