Until now, Daniel Espinosa has generally been known for gritty genre fare (“Snabba Cash,” “Safe House,” the upcoming “Child 44“), but for his next jaunt he’s boldly going to outer space. The director is in talks to helm “Morningstar” for Warner Bros. The plot details of the script by David Birke (“Gacy,” “13 Sins“) are being kept under wraps, but it is said to have the vibe of a Cold War thriller and involve “world building.” So basically, it sounds like it’s an opportunity for Espinosa to expand the wheelhouse he’s already in. [The Wrap]
While yet another take on “David Copperfield” hardly sounds exciting, our interest is certainly piqued with Armando Ianucci (“Veep,” “The Thick Of It“) behind the camera. He’ll helm a new take on the Charles Dickens classic with BBC Films honcho Christine Langan saying Ianucci’s “sensibility usually runs very clearly through all his work. This won’t be a strange departure.” So, more swearing then? [Deadline]
At one time eyed by Ben Stiller and Timur Bekmambetov to direct, while Sacha Baron Cohen separately thought about starring a few years ago, the Thomas Edison biopic “The Current War” is now being eyed by “Paddington” director Paul King. Penned by Michael Mitnick, the Black List-approved script tells the true story of Thomas Edison and George Westinghouse’s battle to produce the first stable electric current. Certainly an intriguing drama waiting to get made. [Film Divider]
With an Oscar-nominated, acclaimed arthouse film under his belt, “Wild Tales” director Damián Szifron undoubtedly has no shortage of opportunities, but it would appear Hollywood is interested in remaking his breakout movie. “I have been asked about it, yes,” he says. “They’ve been on to me. I have also had quite a few scripts sent to me. It’s very tempting. But I have other things to do.” Phew. Hopefully he’s able to focus on new gigs, rather than figuring out how to make “Wild Tales” work in a redo for a mainstream audience. [Irish Times]
Colin Trevorrow will see his first, blockbuster movie hit cinemas this summer, but the “Jurassic World” director won’t be sitting around watching fan reactions and box office numbers. He’s lined up his next gig, the indie “Book Of Henry.” It has a script from novelist Gregg Hurwitz, and while plot details are being kept secret for now, we’ll likely know more soon as production is gearing up to start in September.