It’s “Child 44” For Daniel Espinosa

“Safe House” helmer Daniel Espinosa is in early talks to direct an adaptation of Tom Rob Smith’s novel “Child 44” at Summit/Lionsgate and Scott Free reports Deadline.

The first of a trilogy and set in the Stalin-era Soviet Union, the story follows disgraced lawman Leo Demidov who is assigned to investigate a series of gruesome child murders.

The story is based on the real life tale of Ukrainian serial killer Andrei Chikatilo (the Rostov Ripper) who was executed for 52 murders.

Richard Price adapted the script and shooting aims to kick off early next year should Summit give it the green light.