FOX, Scott adapt Child 44

17 04 2007

Fox 2000 has optioned Tom Rob Smith’s debut novel Child 44 for a movie to be directed by Ridley Scott (Gladiator). Scott’s production company, Scott Free, would also produce the project. The book, which will publish in 2008, is about a secret-police officer in Stalinist Russia who goes on the run with his emotionally estranged wife after being framed by a colleague for treason. He launches his own rogue investigation when he stumbles upon a series of child killings, risking his capture in the process. Scott’s next directing project is Penetration, a political drama starring Leonardo DiCaprio, which starts shooting in August. Scott’s crime drama American Gangster hits theaters this November. (Variety)

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