Fox 2000 has optioned screenwriter Tom Rob Smith’s debut novel “Child 44” for Ridley Scott to direct and his Scott Free company to produce reports Variety.
Set in Stalinist Russia, storyline revolves around an officer in the secret police who is framed by a colleague for treason.
On the run with his emotionally estranged wife, he stumbles upon a series of child killings and launches his own rogue investigation, even though it means risking his own capture.
Smith made a two-book deal that gives the option of a sequel. Scott’s next project is the DiCaprio-led political drama “Body of Lies” which begins filming in August.