After making waves with his critically acclaimed “Snabba Cash” — which is only seeing a theatrical release this summer, two years after it’s original Swedish unveiling — Daniel Espinosa was linked to numerous big-name projects before moving onto the Denzel Washington/Ryan Reynolds starrer “Safe House,” which has surely earned him a lot of good will with its box office performance (it crossed $100 million domestic this week). The helmer looks to be showing no signs of stopping and is now negotiating to take the helm of Andrew Baldwin‘s Black List approved fish-out-of-water Yakuza crime drama “The Outsider.”
Described as the fascinating story of an American former prisoner-of-war who rises in the yakuza in post-World War II Japan. The script earned fourth place on 2011’s Black List and was quickly picked by Warner Bros. reportedly solely based on the way the premise was pitched with giant father-son producers Art and John Linson in tow.
The studio’s enthusiasm for Espinosa and this project, though, is further personified by reports they’re also eyeing man-of-the-moment Michael Fassbender to star as the aforemenioned POW. It remains to be seen if the actor has any interest, but the Irish thesp’s calendar is getting busy real quick. On top of his re-teaming with Steve McQueen on “Twelve Years A Slave,” Fassbender recently jumped on board Ridley Scott‘s “The Counselor” due to shoot this May and is devleloping a project in which he’ll play an Achilles-esque Irish warrior named Cuchulain in “Irish Myths.” There’s also Brendon Gleeson‘s long-gestating adaptation of “At Swim-Two-Birds” which is apparently coming together this year as well.
Either way, we’re sure Espinosa won’t be short of suitors and, coupled with a Black List script, we’re keen to see where this project goes from here. Interestingly, ‘Outsider’ scribe Baldwin himself burst onto the scene in a similar manner to the project’s new helmer, Espinosa. After earning his spot on the renowned Black List and having the script get picked up, Warner Bros. soon recruited him to help pen Nicolas Winding Refn and Ryan Gosling‘s upcoming remake of the sci-fi classic “Logan’s Run.” [Deadline/Variety]