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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Daniel Espinosa Eyed to Direct ‘Assassin’s Creed’

Assassin's Creed

Sony’s Assassin’s Creed adaptation got off to a pretty good start, snagging the white-hot Michael Fassbender to produce and star all the way back in 2012. Now it may be taking another big step forward with a new director.

Although nothing is confirmed at this point, a new report indicates that Daniel Espinosa is the top pick to take over at the helm. The Swedish director is known for his Joel Kinnaman thriller Snabba Cash (a.k.a. Easy Money) and the Denzel Washington / Ryan Reynolds actioner Safe House. More details after the jump.

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CHILD 44

Tom Hardy kept a pretty low profile in 2013, after spending the previous two years zipping from Cold War thriller to Prohibition drama to superpowered blockbuster. But fortunately for fans, his release schedule ramps up again in 2014 with two promising crime pics: the Dennis Lehane adaptation Animal Rescue, and the Stalin-era mystery Child 44.

In the latter, Hardy plays a Soviet military police officer whose investigation into a child murder attracts the displeased attention of the government. The first stills from the production have him looking sharp in uniform, alongside co-stars Noomi Rapace and Gary Oldman. Daniel Espinosa directed the film, with Ridley Scott serving as a producer. Check them out after the jump.

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This week we spoke with Damon Lindelof about the sequel to Prometheus and, in the conversation, he mentioned that Ridley Scott was finishing The Counselor and had “Child 44 lined up right behind it.” That was an interesting statement, making it sound like Scott was directing the film.

Scott is not directing the film, he’s producing, but it’s a project we haven’t written about much on the site (just Page 2 mentions and one story) so we figured we’d fill you in on the details, even though it’s not exactly breaking news.

Child 44, based on a crime novel by Tom Rob Smith, will be directed by Daniel Espinosa (Safe House). The film stars Tom Hardy as a Soviet military police officer who becomes the subject of government suspision when investigating a child murder. The supporting cast is stellar too, including Noomi Rapace, Joel Kinnaman and Gary Oldman. Read More »

At one point, in 2007, the Tom Rob Smith novel Child 44, about a horrible series of child murders in Stalin’s Soviet Union based on the real story of the Ukranian serial killer nicknamed the Rostov Ripper, was going to be a Ridley Scott movie. But the project moved on from Fox to Summit/LionsGate, and while Scott will still produce the movie, Child 44 is now set to be directed by Daniel Espinosa. He made the serviceable thriller Safe House, which was released earlier this year. Will he have more luck with a tale of a real-life killer? Read More »

It’s been several months since we saw the trailer for Snabba Cash II, but now comes the trailer for the first Snabba Cash. No, we’re not getting our numbers mixed up. While the first film was a huge smash in Sweden back in 2010, it’s only now getting around to a proper U.S. release, under the title Easy Money.

The Weinstein Co. have been waiting for the right moment to release it since they picked up the picture two years ago, and now that they’re finally ready to go, they’re giving it their best push. The new trailer comes with a “Martin Scorsese Presents” stamp of approval, name-checks Dragon Tattoo author Stieg Larsson, downplays the subtitles, and helpfully points out director Daniel Espinosa and star Joel Kinnaman‘s involvement in familiar American titles Safe House and The Killing, respectively. Watch it after the jump.

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A couple years ago, director Daniel Espinosa made a splash with the film Snabba Cash (Easy Money) when it became a massive box office success in Sweden. Espinosa came Stateside, where he made Safe House, and Snabba Cash star Joel Kinnaman joined him. Kinnaman had a part in Safe House, and has been seen in The Killing, and as we told you earlier today, may be the new RoboCop.

But Kinnaman also starred in a sequel to Snabba Cash, directed by Babak Najafi while Espinosa worked as exec producer. Like the first film, this one is based on a novel by lawyer Jens Lapidus. The original found JW (Kinnaman), a newbie drug dealer, put on the trail of another dealer who recently escaped jail. He comes into conflict with Yugoslavian mob muscle Mrado, who is also on the escapee’s trail. In the sequel the three men find themselves colliding once again.

Snabba Cash 2 should hit screens in Sweden and Europe later this year. Check out a trailer for that below. The Weinstein Company, meanwhile, owns the US rights to the original movie, and has finally set a date to put it on US screens. Read More »

Safe House is one of those movies we’ve been tracking for a very long time. We wrote about it when the David Guggenheim penned thriller sold on spec, then again when it made the Black List, and all the way through casting which included Denzel Washington, Ryan Reynolds, Brendan Gleeson, Sam Shepard, Vera Farmiga and others. Wednesday we got our first official glimpse at an image from the film and Universal has wasted no time, following that with the first trailer.

Directed by Daniel Espinosa (who did the buzzed about Swedish crime film Snabba Cash), Safe House tells the story of a dangerous CIA defector (Washington) who is forced to team with a rookie agent (Reynolds) when a CIA safe house is attacked. It’s scheduled for release February 10. Watch the trailer after the jump. Read More »

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