UPDATE: D.J. Caruso possibly directing BEAT THE REAPER

Joshua Brunsting

by: Joshua Brunsting
February 9th, 2011

UPDATE 2: Rodrigo from The Playlist emailed me to confirm their scoop is 100% accurate.  I respect both Devin and The Playlist, so as of this moment, consider GATW middle of the road.  If Caruso is directing BEAT THE REAPER, we’ll find out (again) soon, and bravo to The Playlist for digging this up.

-Chase

UPDATE: Badass Digest has revealed that Fox has not tapped Caruso to direct the film.  As you were.

With his latest film, the sci-fi actioner I AM NUMBER FOUR, set to hit theaters next weekend, director D.J. Caruso, who himself is best known for films like EAGLE EYE and DISTURBIA, has just nabbed himself a new project.

The Playlist is reporting that Caruso will next helm an adaptation of Josh Bazell’s novel, BEAT THE REAPER.

With a  script penned by the duo of Brian Koppelman and David Levien (SOLITARY MAN), the film follows “a former mobster who, after years in witness relocation, has become a doctor. But, as these things happen, his old life catches up with him and it’s a race against the clock as he tries to cover up his old life while saving his own ass from the goon squad that previously thought him dead.”

Fox will be backing the film, with Leonardo DiCaprio’s Appian Way banner producing the film, and apparently if “all goes through,” DiCaprio will be taking up the film’s lead role.

Now, while I haven’t read the novel, this does sound really interesting, particularly knowing where Caruso really got his start. His debut film, THE SALTON SEA, is a really dark and gritty film, something that sounds similar to the tone and style that will be portrayed here. I’m not expecting much out of NUMBER FOUR, but this film really does sound quite interesting. Expect much more on this in the coming weeks.

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