'Safe House' Director to Drop 'Blood on Snow' for Leonardo DiCaprio
Though Leonardo DiCaprio is no longer part of The Deep Blue Good-by adaptation with James Mangold attached to direct, the actor is still attached to star in and produce the Warner Bros. adaptation of Jo Nesbo's thriller Blood on Snow (or Blood on the Snow as it was reported last fall), which was written under the pseudonym Tom Johansson. Now Deadline reports Safe House director Daniel Espinosa is on board to develop the film to direct. However, since this is the first in a two book series, we're not sure if both books will be combined into one single film, or if there's the chance for a two-part film adaptation as well.
The Norwegian novel follows a hit man who is tasked with killing his boss' wife, but he ends up falling in love with her instead of assassinating her. Now a writer needs to be found to adapt the book to film before Espinosa can direct. By the time the adaptation gets off the ground, audiences will likely have seen Espinosa's latest film, Child 44. The period drama follows Tom Hardy as a security guard and former war hero investigating a series of child murders, catching the attention of the government that is trying to hide them for some reason. That film is expected in theaters in 2014 while this new project is just developing.