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Meet on the 20th Century Fox studio lot for an in-depth analysis and discussion of the screenplay CHILD 44.
The thrilling hunt for a serial child killer in the Stalin-era Soviet Union, adapted from the award-winning 2008 novel by Tom Rob Smith — the first in a trilogy following disgraced military police investigator Leo Demidov — and inspired by the gruesome, real-life crimes of the Red Ripper.
Screenwriter: Richard Price, Academy Award nominee for The Color of Money, WGA Award winner for The Wire. His other credits include Shaft, Ransom, Clockers (adapted from his novel), Mad Dog and Glory, and Sea of Love.
Director: Daniel Espinosa (Safe House, Snabba Cash)
Producers: Ridley Scott (Gladiator, Black Hawk Down), Greg Shapiro (The Hurt Locker, Zero Dark Thirty).
Starring: Tom Hardy (Inception, Locke), Gary Oldman (The Dark Knight trilogy, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy), Noomi Rapace (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo trilogy)
Release date: April 17 (Summit Entertainment)
Rated R. 137 minutes. 132 pages. Crime, Drama, Thriller
WENDELL WELLMAN will provide in-depth analysis and lead our discussion. Trained at the Actors Studio and the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute, Wendell has acted in feature films, television, and on stage. He has taught screenwriting at UCLA and wrote FIREFOX, SUDDEN IMPACT, and the final Dirty Harry script for Clint Eastwood. He is currently adapting the novel The River Journey by Robert Nathan. Wendell’s book, A Writer’s Roadmap, is available at Amazon.
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UPDATE: CHILD 44 opened on 510 screens on April 17, 2015, in 17th place with just $621,812. In its four weeks in release, the film went on to earn just $1.2 million domestically and an additional $2.1 million in foreign markets. It is screenwriter Richard Price’s lowest-grossing movie.