Daniel Espinosa in Talks to Direct Period Yakuza Film THE OUTSIDER; Michael Fassbender Eyed to Star

     March 1, 2012


Coming off the success of the action thriller Safe House, Swedish director Daniel Espinosa looks to have landed a major gig at Warner Bros. Variety reports that Espinosa is in early talks to direct the WWII Yakuza film The Outsider. The story centers on a POW who is broken out by the Yakuza and then forced to work for the Japanese crime syndicate. As with nearly every other film in development these days, Michael Fassbender is being eyed to star. No official offers have been made, but apparently Warner Bros. is keen on the Shame actor for the lead. The studio acquired the screenplay from scribe Andrew Baldwin last August and made the project a priority.

Espinosa was best known for the Swedish crime thriller Snabba Cash before his studio debut, and in just three weeks of release Safe House has already raked in over $130 million worldwide. Depending on the studio’s timetable for The Outsider, it’s unclear how feasible it would be for Fassbender to star. In addition to press duties for Prometheus this summer, he’s already onboard for Ridley Scott’s The Counselor and Steve McQueen‘s period pic Twelve Years a Slave. The premise sounds great and Espinosa definitely shows promise, so The Outsider is definitely one to watch in the coming months, especially if Fassbender commits.

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