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.

Adria Arjona In Talks to Star in Sony Pictures’ Spider-Man Universe Film “Morbius”

Adria Arjona could be heading to the Spider-verse

The 26-year-old Guatemalan and Puerto Rican actress is in talks to portray Martine, the female lead in Sony Pictures’ feature film Morbius, which stars Jared Leto.

Adria Arjona

Daniel Espinosa is directing the Spider-Man Universe spinoff based on Marvel Comics’ antihero Morbius the Living Vampire.

Created by writer Roy Thomas and artist Gil Kane, the renowned biochemist Dr. Michael Morbius first debuted in the 1970s The Amazing Spider-Man#101 issue. He attempts to cure a fatal blood disease by injecting himself with a treatment serum derived from bats, which transforms him into the anti-hero Morbius. He has all the qualities of a vampire, including a taste for human blood.

In the comics, Martine, who is engaged to Morbius, becomes a potential victim to his bloodlust as he grapples with the transformation that has made him a weird laboratory version of the supernatural vampires of lore.

Sony has declined to comment on Arjona’s possible casting.

Arjona, who made television history as the first Latina and bilingual Dorothy in NBC’s short-lived series Emerald City, was most recently seen on the big screen in Universal’s Pacific Rim Uprising and the Melissa McCarthy-starrer Life of the Party.

Her upcoming projects include Netflix’s Michael Bay movie Six Underground opposite Ryan Reynolds and Corey Hawkins and Triple Frontier with Ben Affleck, as well as Neil Gaiman’s Good Omens series at Amazon.

Daniel Espinosa to Direct the Film Adaptation of Clinton Romesha’s “Red Platoon: A True Story of American Valor”

Daniel Espinosa is seeing Red

Sony Pictures has selected the 40-year-old Chilean filmmaker to direct an adaptation of Clinton Romesha’s book Red Platoon: A True Story of American Valor.

Daniel Espinosa

George Clooney and Grant Heslov’s Smokehouse Pictures will produce the film. Sony optioned the book last year., with Suicide Squad 2‘s Adam Cozad penning the script.

Medal of Honor winner Romesha was part of Red Platoon and the Black Knight Troop , which in 2009 prepared to shut down Command Outpost Keating. The outpost was the most remote and inaccessible in a string of bases built by the U.S. military in Nuristan and Kunar to keep Taliban insurgents from commuting between Afghanistan and Pakistan. It took three years for military to understand what was instantly clear to the men guarding it: The outpost was too isolated and dangerous to defend. After a series of smaller attacks, the Taliban came with everything it had, on October 3, 2009. While Romesha and his compatriots beat back the assault after 14 hours, they lost eight men in the balance. Romesha spearheaded both the defense of the outpost and the counterattack that drove the Taliban back.

The deal puts Espinosa back in business with Sony Pictures, which released the sci-fi thriller LifeRed Platoon potentially falls right into the filmmaker’s wheelhouse, and could follow in the footsteps of great war films like Black Hawk Down and We Were Soldiers.

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

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 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.

Rapace In Talks to Star in the Spy Thriller “Unlocked”

Noomi Rapace is ready to unlock her future…

The 34-year-old half-Spanish actress is in negotiations to star in the spy thriller Unlocked.

Noomi Rapace

Rapace would portray a female CIA interrogator duped into getting a terrorist to provide key information to the wrong side in the Mikael Hafstrom-directed film.

Her character’s misstep puts her at the center of a plot to launch a biological attack in London.

Unlocked was originally set at Warner Bros., but the studio release it and it’s being produced as an indie film.

Rapace, who rose to acclaim in the original Swedish The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo trilogy, starred in the Ridley Scott-directed Prometheus, and next stars with Tom Hardy, Gary Oldman and Jason Clarke in the Daniel Espinosa-directed Child 44 for Summit Entertainment.