Espinosa, Walter Setup New Projects

Daniel Espinosa (“Safe House,” “Child 44”) is in talks to direct the sci-fi action feature “Morningstar” at Warner Bros. Pictures, Quadrant Pictures and Madhouse Entertainment.

The film is said to be in the tradition of a Cold War thriller and requires a director capable of “world-building,” but plot specifics are under wraps. David Birke (“13 Sins,” “Elle”) wrote the script while Doug Davison (“The Departed”) is producing.

In other director news, Anders Walter (Oscar-winning short film “Helium”) has signed on to makes his feature directing debut on a film adaptation of Joe Kelly and J.M. Ken Niimura’s award-winning graphic novel “I Kill Giants” for Treehouse Pictures. Chris Columbus is slated to produce.

The story follows a young girl who escapes from her troubled reality into a fantasy world where she has much more power. Joe Kelly will write the adapted screenplay and production is slated for later this year.

Sources: The Wrap & Heat Vision