Representatives for Warner Bros. and Espinosa did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
David Birke wrote the script, which calls for a director capable of “world-building,” as WB has high hopes for the project. While plot details are being kept under wraps, the film is said to be in the tradition of a Cold War thriller.
Doug Davison (“The Departed”) is producing via his Quadrant Pictures along with Madhouse Entertainment.
Espinosa directed “Snabba Cash” before making his American studio debut with “Safe House,” which starred Denzel Washington and Ryan Reynolds. He recently directed the Tom Hardy thriller “Child 44,” which hits theaters on April 17. He’s represented by UTA and Magnolia Entertainment.
Birke previously wrote the Dimension Films thriller “13 Sins” starring Mark Webber and Rutina Wesley, as well as the script for Paul Verhoeven’s “Elle,” based on the novel by Philippe Djian. He also worked with “Leatherface” filmmakers Alexandre Bustillo and Julien Maury on Dimension’s upcoming horror project “Livid.” He’s repped by Paradigm, Madhouse Entertainment and attorney Bruce Gellman.