Christian Bale Bails On Film; Status Up In The Air

    November 15, 2012
    Amanda Crum
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Christian Bale has declined to lend his acting talents to the film “Child 44″, which is yet another setback in the making of the film.

The movie was optioned in 2007 from a book by Tom Rob Smith before it was even published, then languished in limbo until director Ridley Scott set his eyes upon it. However, his schedule demanded he set the project aside, and now Daniel Espinosa (“Safehouse”) is said to be taking the helm in the director’s chair. However, with Christian Bale out of the running for the lead, it could force yet another stall in the film being made.

The movie, which is based on true events, is set in the ’50s and focuses on a Russian member of the Secret Police who gets involved in an investigation of brutal child murders–the same committed by Ukrainian serial killer Andrei Chikatilo in real life. If the movie is done right, it could spawn two more films, as “Child 44″ is part of a trilogy which focuses on Stalin’s impact.

Bale met with the producers earlier this week, but they couldn’t work out an agreement. Ridley Scott, however, is still attached to the film as a producer.

  • Jeff Kramer

    Read all 3 books. It is really too bad. This is going to be a great franchise.

  • http://yahoo Lucy Janusz

    Did Christian Bale give a reason why he declined this role?

  • mork13

    This role seems to be very similiar to the “Dark Knight” movies which he just finished. Maybe he does not want to typecast and continue to do different roles. Everyone knows that he would do a great job on it.