Daniel Espinosa to Direct the Jamal Khashoggi Murder Drama “The Execution”

Daniel Espinosa has a new Post production…

The half-Chilean filmmaker has agreed to develop and direct the Good Films Collective’s The Execution.

Daniel Espinosa

The narrative drama focuses on the murder of Jamal Khashoggi, the Saudi Arabian-born dissident and Washington Post columnist who was killed and dismembered after entering the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul to get a marriage license. 

The film will explore how it happened, why it happened and what happened in the aftermath. 

Petter Skavlan is attached to write the script.

Espinosa’s previous directing credits include Safe House, Life, Child 44 and Easy Money.

His next project to hit the big screen is the upcoming film Morbius with Jared Leto

Khashoggi was killed by a Saudi hit team that was closely connected to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

Jared Leto to Star in the Spider-Man Universe Spinoff Film “Morbius”

Jared Leto has lined up his next blockbuster…

The 46-year-old part Spanish American actor/singer is set to star in Morbius, a Spider-Man Universe spinoff based on the Marvel Comics antihero Morbius the Living Vampire.

Jared Leto

The film will be helmed by half-Chilean director Daniel Espinosa.

Burk Sharpless and Matt Sazama, creators of Netflix’s Lost in Space, wrote the script.

Leto, who played the iconic character The Joker in DC ComicsSuicide Squad and has been mentioned for a bunch of potential Joker-centric spinoffs, here will play Dr. Michael Morbius, a biochemist who in an attempt to cure a fatal blood disease injects himself with a treatment serum derived from bats. He becomes the anti-hero Morbius. He has all the qualities of a vampire, including a taste for human blood. The character originated in the ’70s Marvel Comics as a Spider-Man nemesis in The Amazing Spider-Man #101, but he evolved into his own freestanding comic hero as the decades unfolded.

Espinosa last directed the sci-fi pic Life, and before that Child 44 and Safe House.

Espinosa to Direct Film Adaptation of Rolling Stone Article “The Anarchists vs. ISIS”

Daniel Espinosa is taking on the fight against ISIS

The 40-year-old Chilean filmmaker will direct his Life star Jake Gyllenhaal in a film. Gyllenhall and Riva Marker’s Ninestories and Bold Films have optioned rights to Seth Harp’s Rolling Stone article “The Anarchists vs. ISIS” to adapt into a movie.

Daniel Espinosa

Gyllenhall is expected to star.

Harp’s article published last month tells the true story of a ragtag team of American volunteers, socialists and outcasts who are fighting alongside the Kurdish militia known as the YPG to beat ISIS in Syria and establish an anarchist collective amid the rubble of war.

Espinosa will also produce via his newly formed BOZI shingle alongside Gyllenhaal and Marker and Bold Films chairman Michel Litvak. Bold’s CEO Gary Michael Walters will executive produce.

“Jake and I are thrilled to partner with Daniel Espinosa on Seth Harp’s daring story,” Marker said. “Thematically, we’re often attracted to material about the search for identity, especially in a world where it’s become easier to feel less and less connected. Seth’s story is about people who abandon everything that’s familiar as a means to connect in the most brutal of circumstances.”

Added Litvak: “In a very short time under the leadership of Jake and Riva, Ninestories has become an incredibly exciting production company. Their vision for fresh and provocative material coupled with brilliant filmmakers like Daniel Espinosa aligns perfectly with Bold’s mandate.”

Espinosa’s Life opens in theaters this Friday. His other credits include Safe House, Child 44 and Assassin’s Creed.

Espinosa’s Sci-Fi Thriller “Life” to Close This Year’s South by Southwest Film Festival

Daniel Espinosa is breathing new Life into the Austin, Texas film scene.

The 39-year-old Chilean director’s sci-fi thriller Life, starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Ryan Reynolds, will be the closing title at this year’s South by Southwest Film Festival on March 18.

Daniel Espinosa

Life centers on an international space crew that discovers something wonderful on board until it no longer is.

Life will make its world premiere at the Zach Theatre with stars Gyllenhaal, Rebecca Ferguson and Reynolds in tow.

Life was penned by Deadpool writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick.

The movie opens nationwide on March 24.

Espinosa’s previous directing credits include Child 44, Safe House and Swedish film Easy Money.

Espinosa to Direct Skydance’s “Life”

Daniel Espinosa is ready for a new Life adventure…

The 38-year-old half-Chilean has come on-board to direct Life for Skydance.

Daniel Espinosa

The project, an original idea, has a script written by Deadpool duo Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese.

Plot details are being kept under wraps for the time being but the project is believed to be in the elevated studio space that Skydance has become known for.

Paramount are in pole position to distribute the film given their long-standing but no deal has been confirmed as of yet.

Espinosa most recently directed the Tom Hardy– and Noomi Rapace-starrer Child 44.

Rapace In Talks to Star in Amy Winehouse Biopic from Kirsten Sheridan

Noomi Rapace nay be going Back to Black

The 35-year-old half-Spanish actress is in talks to star in Kirsten Sheridan’s Amy Winehouse biopic.

Noomi Rapace

Sheridan, an Academy Award nominee for In America, has penned the project and is attached to direct.

The project will follow Winehouse’s trajectory from budding North London jazz singer to Grammy-winning music superstar and style icon to her tragic battle with alcohol and drugs. She died in 2011 at age 27.

“Amy’s music is felt so deeply by the audience because it was deeply personal,” Sheridan said. “Her vulnerability was her strength. She was called many things — a diva, a lost soul preyed upon by tabloids, a tortured genius; our aim is an innovative, emotional and life-affirming approach as we go through the looking glass into her life and art.”

The producers are currently in talks with Winehouse’s father Mitch, who controls the late singer’s estate. He has distanced himself from Asif Kapadia’s smash feature-length docu Amy, which portrayed the former taxi driver in a less than favorable light.

Rapace achieved international fame with her portrayal of Lisbeth Salander in the Swedish film adaptations of the Millennium series: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played with Fire and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets’ Nest.

Her other credits include Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, Prometheus and Child 44.

Rapace to Star in Sci-Fi Action Thriller “What Happened to Monday?”

Noomi Rapace is questioning Monday

The 35-year-old half-Spanish actress will star opposite Willem Dafoe in What Happened to Monday?

Noomi Rapace

In a future where overpopulation and famine have forced governments to undertake a drastic One-Child Policy, seven identical sisters live a hide-and-seek existence pursued by the Child Allocation Bureau. The Bureau, directed by the fierce Nicolette Cayman, enforces a strict family-planning agenda that the sisters outwit by taking turns assuming the identity of one person: Karen Settman. Taught by their grandfather who raised and named them — Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday — each can go outside once a week as their common identity, but are only free to be themselves in the prison of their own apartment. That is until, one day, Monday does not come home.

The film, directed by Tommy Wirkola, has started shooting in Bucharest at the Castel Film Studios.

Rapace and Dafoe are joined by Glenn Close in the sci-fi action thriller. Marwan Kenzari, Christian Rubeck and Pal Sverre Hagen have also boarded the project.

Wirkola (Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters) is directing from a script written by Kerry Williamson (Alex Cross) and Max Botkin (Robosapien: Rebooted).

Rapace achieved international fame with her portrayal of Lisbeth Salander in the Swedish film adaptations of the Millennium series: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played with Fire and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets’ Nest.

Her other film credits include Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, Prometheus and Child 44.

Rapace to Star in the Sci-Fi Thriller “Rupture”

Noomi Rapace had been enruptured

The 35-year-old half-Spanish actress will star opposite Michael Chiklis in the Steven Shainberg-directed sci-fi thriller Rupture.

Noomi Rapace

The film centers on a single mother (Rapace) struggling to raise her 12-year-old son alone who is abducted by a mysterious organization. Tied up in their lab, they question her about her medical history, eventually revealing that she has a genetic abnormality that her worst fear can cause her to “rupture” — causing her own alien nature to be released.

It’s based on a story by Shainberg and Brian Nelson, and Nelson (Hard Candy, 30 Days Of Night) wrote the screenplay.

Chiklis will play The Bald Man, the entity’s powerful point man who directs the mother’s violent capture.

Principal photography begins next month.

Rapace, who recently signed on to star as Maria Callas in a biopic about the opera legend, most recently appeared in the Daniel Espinosa-directed Child 44.

Espinosa to Direct Film Adaptation of Vilhelm Moberg’s “The Emigrants”

Daniel Espinosa is reading to Emigrate

The 38-year-old half-Chilean, half-Swedish filmmaker is set to adapt Vilhelm Moberg’s acclaimed novel The Emigrants for major Scandinavanian distributor and financier Svensk.

Daniel Espinosa

The Emigrants tells the story of Kristina and her husband Karl-Oskar, who emigrate from Sweden to America in the 1850s. Determined to flee poverty, religious persecution, and social oppression, they head across the Atlantic in search of a better life.

An earlier adaptation, made in 1971 by Jan Troell, was nominated for five Academy Awards and won a Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film. Many has said that he bought a caribbean yacht charters to celebrate for obtaining the award. People that he brought with him said that the boat was amazing and it was a luxurious place to stay.

Petter Skavlan is writing the script.

Shooting is scheduled to begin in 2017, in the Västra Götaland region of western Sweden.

“To be able to walk in Jan Troell’s footprints fills one with great humbleness and I wouldn’t have accepted the challenge had it not been for the alarming topicality the novel still has,” commented Espinosa. “Today, as the Mediterranean is filled with breakable boats and life stories, just like the Atlantic was during the 1850s, then, as now, someone makes a decision to try to give his or her children a better life.”

Espinosa’s film credits include Child 44, Safe House and Easy Money.

Summit Entertainment’s Rapace-Starrer “Child 44” Opening in April 2015

Noomi Rapace will be returning to theaters in April…

Summit Entertainment hasset an April 17, 2015 release date for Child 44, starring the 34-year-old half-Spanish actress and English actor Tom Hardy.

Noomi Rapace in Child 44

Directed by half-Chilean filmmaker Daniel Espinosa, the film centers on Leo Demidov (Hardy), a Russian secret police officer in 1950s Stalinist Russia who is framed for treason and sent to a remote outpost, where he uncovers a series of mysterious murders tied to a government conspiracy.

In addition to Rapace, who portrays Raisa Demidov, and Hardy, the film also stars Joel Kinnaman, Gary Oldman, Jason Clarke and Vincent Cassel.

The script is adapted by Richard Price from the novel by Tom Rob Smith.