Daniel Espinosa on Safe House set

Sunday wasn’t Leonardo DiCaprio‘s night, as it turned out, but the five-time Oscar nominee isn’t letting that slow him down. One of his many upcoming projects, Blood on Snow, is taking a big step forward as Safe House director Daniel Espinosa enters talks to helm.

DiCaprio has been attached to produce and possibly star in the thriller since last fall. It’s an adaptation of a two-book series by Norwegian crime novelist Jo Nesbø, who also provided the source material for Headhunters. More on the new project after the jump.

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Briefly: Even if you don’t read thriller novels you might know the name Jo Nesbø, as the author’s work has been adapted into the film Headhunters, which is also tapped for an English-language remake, and there was a point where his novel The Snowman was looking like it would become a Martin Scorsese film. That didn’t happen, but now Scorsese’s regular collaborator Leonardo DiCaprio is attached to another book by Nesbø.

This one is Blood in the Snow, which will be published in the spring of 2014, under the author’s pseudonym Tom Johansson. (A book sequel is already set to publish in Spring 2015, too.) Warner Bros. is in the process of buying the screen rights and will develop the film as a potential starring vehicle for DiCaprio. The book is about “a hit man who falls in love with his boss’s wife after being assigned to assassinate her.” That’s such a hoary old concept that the story has got to be pretty terrific to justify spending loads of cash to develop this for DiCaprio. [Deadline]

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