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Just days after the 39th anniversary of the conviction of Patty Hearst back on March 20, 1976, Deadline is reporting that Fox 2000 has acquired the rights to a new, untitled book being written by Jeffrey Toobin about the life and kidnapping of Hearst. The writers behind Big Eyes, Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski, will be adapting Toobin’s account.
Deadline is also speculating the role might also be in development for Jennifer Lawrence, but those talks are currently preliminary.
Hearst was 20 when she was kidnapped from her wealthy parents in the Hearst Publishing Family. She was later found to have changed her name to Tania and had joined up with her kidnappers, the Symbionese Liberation Army and eventually robbed a bank in San Francisco. Hearst’s story, based on her own novel, was first adapted into a film in 1988 by Paul Schrader, with Natasha Richardson in the role. Hearst is now 61.
- Brian Welk
Swedish filmmaker Daniel Espinosa proved he had an eye for the thriller genre with 2012’s Safe House, and now the director has a meaty subject matter on his lap with the upcoming adaptation, Child 44.
Based on Tom Rob Smith’s eponymous novel, the story centers around Soviet Russia circa 1953, a time when the Cold War was beginning to spread its tentacles and corruption was rife. Playing the part of Leo Demidov is Mad Max: Fury Road star Tom Hardy, a secret police agent who soon finds himself in political hot war after he refuses to denounce his wife, Rasia (Noomi Rapace).
Thereafter, the pair find themselves exiled from the country and crossing paths with Gary Oldman’s General Mikhail Nesterov, who together must uncover the government conspiracy surrounding a number of child murders in the country.
- Michael Briers
Adapting the non-fiction book by Casey Sherman and Dave Wedge called Boston Strong, the new film has been in pre-production since last November, with Daniel Espinosa (Safe House) set to direct. Zetumer will rewrite an existing draft from screenwriters Eric Johnson and Paul Tamasy (The Fighter), and was picked by the studio as he has most recently been working with them on the script for Gambit, the spin-off X-Men movie starring Channing Tatum (Foxcatcher).
The story is primarily based around the hunt for the bombers, which culminated in a chase around Boston which left a MIT policeman dead, as well as one of the bombers, Tamerlan Tsarnaev. The second bomber,
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, is currently undergoing his trial for the bombings »
- Scott J. Davis
After Safe House put him on the map, helmer Daniel Espinosa quickly became the go-to guy for mainstream crime dramas and action-thrillers, but now, as he finishes putting final touches on historical thriller Child 44, it seems the director is tackling something different for his next project. Espinosa is now in talks to direct Warner Bros.’ top-secret sci-fi project Morningstar.
Details are being kept under wraps, but the project is possibly being eyed as a series starter, involving “world-building” and being described as “in the tradition of a Cold War thriller.” David Birke (13 Sins, Paul Verhoeven’s upcoming stalker movie Elle) wrote the script, suggesting that Morningstar may involve at least some horror elements. Doug Davison (Oldboy) will produce.
Espinosa has had his pick of projects in recent months. With Child 44 attracting positive buzz in the weeks leading up to its April 17 bow, he’s been flirting with titles »
- Isaac Feldberg
Tom Hardy, Gary Oldman and Noomi Rapace are determined to seek justice against a depraved child serial killer in the newly released character posters for their upcoming crime thriller, ‘Child 44.’ The posters for the politically-charged drama were unveiled by the film’s distributor, Summit Entertainment, which is set to release the movie in theaters nationwide on April 17. The script for ‘Child 44,’ which is based on the best-selling novel of the same name by Tom Rob Smith, was penned by ‘Freedomland’ scribe, Richard Price. The thriller was directed by ‘Safe House’ helmer, Daniel Espinosa, and produced by Ridley Scott. Besides Hardy, Oldman and Rapace, the drama also features Paddy [ Read More ]
- Karen Benardello
Lionsgate has released three new Child 44 posters. Based on the novel by Tom Rob Smith, the film takes place in 1953 Soviet Russia and stars Tom Hardy as Leo Demidov, a secret police agent who is exiled to a provincial outpost when he refuses to denounce his wife, Rasia (Noomi Rapace). While working at the outpost, he and Raisa team up with General Mikhail Nesterov (Gary Oldman), and must investigate a string of child murderers that are being covered up by the government. I’m not sure why this movie is flying so low under the radar. It’s got a great premise, the trailer looks solid, and it’s got an excellent cast. While I wasn’t a fan of director Daniel Espinosa’s previous movie, Safe House, I’ve got some hope for Child 44, and maybe it will be a nice bit of counterprogramming as we charge into blockbuster season. »
- Matt Goldberg
It’s Tom Hardy versus the Soviet Union circa 1953 in Child 44 – Bane versus Stalin, if you like - and it could go either way. Hardy’s Soviet police office find himself spun in a web that may have no obvious exit, bar the gulag or cemetery, as the movie’s new TV spot shows. It’s debuting here courtesy of Entertainment One.brightcove.createExperiences();Adapted from the first of a book trilogy by Tom Rob Smith, Child 44 finds Soviet police officer Leo Demidov (Hardy) investigating a serial killer who is targeting children. The twist? Stalinist Russia doesn’t recognise the existence of crime, so Demidov’s enquiries only arouse the suspicions of dangerous apparatchiks. And as he digs deeper into the case, his government begins to suspect him of treason when a colleague frames him.Noomi Rapace is playing his conflicted wife, Raisa, and Gary Oldman is the »
Liam Neeson's latest action flick, Run All Night, may have struggled at the box office, but earlier this year, Taken 3 proved that he still has pulling power. Never mind the fact that Taken 3 is a film best forgotten about. Quickly.
Neeson has now added another action film to his slate though, a submarine flick by the name of Narco Sub. This was a film that the late Tony Scott was once going to direct (Ridley Scott is one of the producers, alongside Simon Kinberg), and it's also a project that both Doug Liman and Antoine Fuqua came close to making.
Next month we'll see how Daniel Espinosa fares with his latest thriller Child 44 starring Tom Hardy, Gary Oldman and Noomi Rapace (watch the trailer right here). But the director of Safe House is already looking ahead to his next project, and it's going to take him into the realm of sci-fi. The Wrap reports that Espinosa is in talks to be at the helm of Morningstar, a secretive sci-fi flick set up at Warner Bros. Pictures. Details are being kept under tight wraps, but the script from David Birke is said to have the potential for some world-building (which means potential franchise) and has a story in "the tradition of a Cold War thriller." That doesn't give us much to go on, but original science fiction ideas at the studio level are hard to come by, so count us intrigued for the time being. Espinosa hasn't exactly blown me »
- Ethan Anderton
20th Century Fox has enlisted RoboCop writer Joshua Zetumer to adapt Casey Sherman and Dave Wedge’s nonfiction book Boston Strong, which chronicles the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombing in 2013. The studio picked up the project in November and attached Safe House helmer Daniel Espinosa to direct. The Fighter writers Eric Johnson and Paul Tamasy wrote a draft of the screenplay that piqued Fox's interest enough to bite. The studio then turned to Zetumer, who is already working with Fox on X-Men spinoff Gambit as a star vehicle for Channing Tatum. The Boston Strong project is moving forward at
- Tatiana Siegel, Borys Kit
Game of Thrones director Brian Kirk has finalized a deal with 20th Century Fox to direct Narco Sub, with Liam Neeson being eyed to star. The project has been in development for several years, with filmmakers such as Tony Scott, Doug Liman and Antoine Fuqua attached to direct at one point. Now that the studio has a director in place, they will focus on securing a deal with Liam Neeson.
The story follows an Ecuadorian drug lord who forces a disgraced Naval officer (Liam Neeson) to navigate a Narco Sub filled with cocaine past the Coast Guard. These much smaller submersible crafts are typically used by drug cartels to ship their illegal drugs between Colombia and Mexico. The ships are so small they are unable to be detected by radar.
Liam Neeson is likely to star and "Game of Thrones" and "Luther" director Brian Kirk has closed a deal to direct the long in gestation action-thriller "Narco Sub" at 20th Century Fox, Scott Free and Genre Films.
The story follows a notorious Ecuadorian drug lord who forces a disgraced American naval officer to navigate a cocaine-packed submarine past the U.S. Coast Guard.
David Guggenheim ("Safe House") wrote the movie which Ridley Scott and Simon Kinberg are producing. Tony Scott, Doug Liman and Antoine Fuqua are among the filmmakers who have circled early incarnations of the project.
Source: The Wrap »
- Garth Franklin
The film is said to be in the tradition of a Cold War thriller and requires a director capable of "world-building," but plot specifics are under wraps. David Birke ("13 Sins," "Elle") wrote the script while Doug Davison ("The Departed") is producing.
In other director news, Anders Walter (Oscar-winning short film "Helium") has signed on to makes his feature directing debut on a film adaptation of Joe Kelly and J.M. Ken Niimura's award-winning graphic novel "I Kill Giants" for Treehouse Pictures. Chris Columbus is slated to produce.
The story follows a young girl who escapes from her troubled reality into a fantasy world where she has much more power. Joe Kelly will write the adapted screenplay and production is slated for later this year.
- Garth Franklin
He flirted with the Assassin's Creed movie for a while, but Daniel Espinosa's desire to move off real-world thrillers and into something with a bit of a sci-fi tinge has ultimately led him in a different direction. He's in talks to direct Warner Bros.' top secret Morningstar project, from a screenplay by David Birke (13 Sins).Espinosa previously made the international hit Snabba Cash, followed by his mainstream debut Safe House, with Ryan Reynolds and Denzel Washington. Most recently he's been at work on Child 44, based on Tom Rob Smith's novel and sporting the pitch-hitting cast of Tom Hardy, Joel Kinnaman, Gary Oldman, Noomi Rapace and Vincent Cassel. Ridley Scott is among the producers.In short, his is becoming an increasingly safe pair of hands where real-world thrillers are concerned, so something fantastical that calls for "world building" is a surprising tangent. While nothing is known about Morningstar's story, »
“Game of Thrones” director Brian Kirk has closed a deal to direct 20th Century Fox, Scott Free and Genre Films’ action-thriller “Narco Sub,” which will likely star Liam Neeson, multiple individuals familiar with the project have told TheWrap. David Guggenheim (“Safe House”) wrote the movie, which Ridley Scott is producing with Simon Kinberg of Genre Films, whose Aditya Sood will executive produce with Scott Free’s Elishia Holmes. “Narco Sub” follows a notorious Ecuadorian drug lord who forces a disgraced American naval officer to navigate a cocaine-packed submarine past the U.S. Coast Guard. See photos: 50 Actors Over 50 Who Are Still Conquering. »
- Jeff Sneider
It was reported back in mid-February that Warner Bros. and director David Ayer were looking at Joel Kinnaman (Run All Night, RoboCop) to replace the departed Tom Hardy as Rick Flagg in the DC Comics adaptation Suicide Squad. Now we have official word from the actor via an interview with Allocine the he will indeed be in the film, though he isn't about to say which character just yet. "All I can say is that I'm going to be in the movie, and it's going to be amazing," Kinnaman said. In a separate interview he confirms he's playing Flagg. The following comes from Uproxx: You mention being aware of what the fans want, how does that play into what you want to do with Rick Flag in Suicide Squadc He's not a super known character, so maybe you don't have to worry about that as much and you can really own it. »
- Brad Brevet
Motion picture and television studio Stx Entertainment has begun principal photography on the theatrical feature The Free State of Jones in and around New Orleans, Louisiana, it was announced by Adam Fogelson, Chairman of Stx Entertainment's Motion Picture Group. The epic action-drama is written and directed by four-time Oscar nominee Gary Ross (The Hunger Games, Seabiscuit, Pleasantville), and stars Oscar-winner Matthew McConaughey (Interstellar, Dallas Buyers Club), Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Beyond the Lights), Keri Russell (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes) and Mahershala Ali (The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1, House of Cards).
The film is being produced by Scott Stuber (Ted, Safe House) through his Blue Grass Films shingle, with Jon Kilik (Foxcatcher, The Hunger Games) producing through his Jon Kilik Productions, and Ross producing through his Larger Than Life Productions. Stx Entertainment is producing the film and recently announced plans to release the movie nationwide on March 11, 2016. Im Global »
Tom Hardy. Gary Oldman. Noomi Rapace. A tale of Soviet intrigue. We know a lot of you have been looking forward to Child 44, so we’re happy to be offering a first look at the new UK poster for the movie, in one-sheet and quad flavours, because choice is good. Adapted from the first of a book trilogy by Tom Rob Smith, Child 44 finds Soviet police officer Hardy investigating a serial killer who is targeting children. But as he digs deeper into the case, his own government begins to suspect him of treason when a colleague frames him. Rapace is playing his conflicted wife and Oldman is the chief of police eventually assigned to investigate Hardy. Safe House director Daniel Espinosa is behind this one, working up a tale of paranoia, treachery and crime that is loosely based on real events. With Richard Price handling script chores and Joel Kinnaman, »
"Those who seek the truth will be silenced." The riveting Stalin-era crime thriller Child 44 will be hitting theaters this spring, and we have a powerful new poster. Based on the best-selling novel by Tom Rob Smith, this serial-killer drama follows a series of real-life child murders committed in 1953 Soviet Russia, during a supposedly "ideal" Communist state. The star-studded cast includes Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace and Gary Oldman as their quest for justice threatens a system-wide cover-up.
Child 44 chronicles the crisis of conscience for secret police agent Leo Demidov (Tom Hardy), who loses status, power and home when he refuses to denounce his own wife, Raisa (Noomi Rapace), as a traitor. Exiled from Moscow to a grim provincial outpost, Leo and Raisa join forces with General Mikhail Nesterov (Gary Oldman) to track down a serial killer who preys on young boys. Their quest for justice threatens a system-wide cover-up »
A new poster has arrived online for Child 44, the upcoming adaptation of Tom Rob Smith’s bestselling novel, which sees Daniel Espinosa (Safe House) directing a stellar cast that includes Tom Hardy (Locke), Noomi Rapace (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), Joel Kinnaman (RoboCop), Jason Clarke (Terminator Genisys), Vincent Cassel (Black Swan), Gary Oldman (The Dark Knight Trilogy) Sam Spruell (Snow White and the Huntsman) and Paddy Considine (The World’s End)…
See Also: Watch the trailer for Child 44 here
A politically-charged serial killer thriller set in 1953 Soviet Russia, Child 44 chronicles the crisis of conscience for secret police agent Leo Demidov (Tom Hardy), who loses status, power and home when he refuses to denounce his own wife, Raisa (Noomi Rapace), as a traitor. Exiled from Moscow to a grim provincial outpost, Leo and Raisa join forces with General Mikhail Nesterov (Gary Oldman) to track down a serial »
- Gary Collinson
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