'Safe House' Director In Early Talks for Warner Bros.' Yakuza Crime Drama 'The Outsider'

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Daniel Espinosa, the Swedish director of the current box-office hit Safe House, has entered early negotiations with Warner Bros. to helm The Outsider, an adaptation of a Yakuza crime story.

Sources say there is no official offer, and several key hurdles must be overcome, but Espinosa is interested in the project, written by Andrew Baldwin, and meetings are scheduled to explore his coming on board. Michael Fassbender has expressed interest in the project, though the studio has not enterted talks with any actors. 

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Espinosa has experience in the genre, having directed the recent Denzel Washington thriller, as well as Snabba Cash, a Swedish crime drama. 

In Outsider, the title character is an American who spent WWII as a POW in Japan. He stays in Japan after the war ends, working his way through the rituals and hardships to become the rare outsider who gains membership in the Yakuza crime unit. 

Espinosa is repped by UTA and Magnolia Entertainment.


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