Director Daniel Espinosa (Safe House) is reported circling the director’s chair for Child 44, an adaptation of the Tom Rob Smith novel. The first book in a trilogy (followed by The Secret Speech and Agent 6) was adapted by the Oscar-nominated Richard Price (The Color of Money). Child 44 centers on Leo Demidov, a security officer in Stalin’s Soviet Union who finds himself demoted and exiled while investigating a string of murders. It’s a taut, gripping tale with an unexpected climax that should be perfectly suited for the big screen. Hit the jump for more on Child 44.