'Safe House' Director Daniel Espinosa Takes on 'Child 44' Thriller Next

August 28, 2012

Daniel Espinosa

After the success of his violent crime thriller Snabba Cash (review here), director Daniel Espinosa moved into the Hollywood scene with this year's Safe House, starring Ryan Reynolds and Denzel Washington. The film did well for Universal, so Espinosa found himself near the top of many studios' lists for upcoming films. Now Deadline reports that he's found his next directing gig in the form of a new thriller called Child 44 for Summit Entertainment and Lionsgate set in Soviet Russia. Ransom and The Color of Money writer Richard Price has adapted Tom Rob Smith's novel for the screen and Scott Free is lined up to produce. Read on!

The story follows a security guard and former war hero named Leo Demidov who believes in Stalin's rule without question. But when he investigates a series of child murders, the state strips him of his rank and casts him out. With only his wife left on his side, Demidov struggles to find the truth about the murders, and why the government wants them kept so quiet. Seems like a solid fit for Espinosa's pulpy crime-driven sensibilities, so count me in. Summit sources say the production has yet to receive an official greenlight, but this project has been in the works for a while now with Ridley Scott actually considering directing at one point. We'll see how quickly it gets off the ground with Espinosa at the helm. Cool?

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