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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 »

First Look: Denzel Washington in ‘Safe House’

In early February 2012, we’ll see the thriller Safe House, which marks the studio debut of Snabba Cash director Daniel Espinosa. The movie is based on a hot-ticket script pitch from relatively new screenwriter David Guggenheim, and was shot this year with Denzel Washington and Ryan Reynolds in the lead roles.

We’ve seen no official images or video from the film until now. The first still has been released, and a teaser poster has also arrived. Check out both in full below. Read More »

Noam Murro to Direct ‘Die Hard 5′

Update (from editor Peter Sciretta): Deadline has learned that five time DGA  nominated commercials director Noam Murro (Smart People) has been hired to direct Die Hard 5. Fox was impressed with the commercials he most recently shot for Microsoft’s Halo. Watch them here. We’ve been following Murro’s commercial career for a while now, and it was only a matter of time before he landed a big Hollywood film — and this looks to be the one. The studio has yet to officially sign Willis, but that shouldn’t be an issue. The original story, posted earlier this afternoon, follows.

Kevin Smith is one of the few outspoken, brutally honest voices in Hollywood, so when he confessed that Bruce Willis was a prima donna who wouldn’t take direction and was stuck in the mindset of the ’80s when the actors ran the show, it seemed likely that there was some truth to his claims. That could be why this news doesn’t come as much of a surprise.

Apparently, it’s not the studio that’s currently looking at directors to take on Die Hard 5, but Bruce Willis himself. He previously made it clear that he plans to do two more Die Hard films before hanging up the series for good, and now it would appear he’s making an active effort to bring that plan to fruition. To quote Smith, “[He’s] what you call a fucking movie star.”

More on this after the break, including the studio’s response to the script, and an update on Willis’ casting in Stephen FrearsLay the Favorite, Take the Dog. Read More »

Ryan Reynolds and Denzel Washington will soon shoot Safe House, in which a CIA trainee (Reynolds) has to transport a criminal (Washington) who is under fire from other enemies. Daniel Espinosa (Snabba Cash) is directing from a script by David Guggenheim. Now the film picked up four more actors: Brendan Gleeson, Robert Patrick, Sam Shepard and Liam Cunningham. No word on the roles for the quartet, but I hope they play the team trying to take down Denzel.

The film shoots starting next week, and has a February 10, 2012 release date. [Variety]

After the break, Ed Harris and Diane Keaton book a new film, Ari Folman’s The Congress gets one more, and a Glee cast member gets his own caper movie. Read More »

Colin Firth is edging closer to genuine leading man status, thanks in part to big awards season recognition for films like A Single Man and The King’s Speech. It’s a transformation that will take another big step if he takes the lead role in Gambit, a heist thriller remake scripted by Joel and Ethan Coen. We’ve reported on the film in the past, most recently when The Last Station director Michael Hoffman came on to direct.

Now Deadline says Colin Firth is in talks for the lead role of a cat burglar who wants to rob a billionaire. He enlists the help of a waitress who is a dead ringer for the rich guy’s late wife. (Michael Caine and Shirley MacLaine played the roles in the ’66 original.) Sounds like a perfectly good choice for me. As anything that puts an actor who is very versatile with dialogue into a Coen-scripted project is to be applauded.

After the break, more casting for Cameron Crowe‘s We Bought A Zoo, and Safe House, which is already set to star Denzel Washington and Ryan Reynolds. Read More »

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This week Universal Pictures got the urge to fill out the company’s calendar for the next couple of years. Yesterday we heard that the studio has dated Judd Apatow’s as-yet-untitled new film for summer 2012. Now there is a flood of new release dates for the studio, for a diverse array of films. Hit the jump for release info for Safe House, The Dark Tower and more. Read More »