'Safe House' Director Daniel Espinosa Will Next Helm 'The Outsider'

March 2, 2012
Source: Deadline

Daniel Espinosa

Safe House was the first American feature from Swedish director Daniel Espinosa. A lot of people thought that movie was a lesser version of a Bourne film, but I thought Espinosa directed a smart, adult action film with some cool stylistic choices. (Jeremy also liked it, and you can read his review here.) Because of Safe House's box office success, the director is a hot commodity right now, and it looks like he's found his follow-up project. Deadline says Espinosa is in negotiations with Warner Bros. to direct a movie called The Outsider, and no - it's not a prequel to Francis Ford Coppola's greaser flick The Outsiders. More below!

The Outsider is described as a gritty action thriller in which the protagonist is a POW in Osaka, Japan, during World War II and the movie follows him as he goes to work for the Yakuza. The script is written by Andrew Baldwin (who has no other credits listed on IMDB), and the concept sounds like a good fit for Espinosa's kinetic style. The director's breakout film came in 2010 with a sleek crime thriller called Snabba Cash (also known as Easy Money) which starred future RoboCop Joel Kinnaman. Snabba Cash has a sequel on the way and an American remake in development (once slated to star Zac Efron)as well, but Espinosa won't be directing either of those projects and should be clear to make The Outsider his next project.

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