The Escapist Helmer’s Next Three Projects


The Escapist helmer Rupert Wyatt has set his next three directing vehicles, reports Variety.

He will write and direct an untitled drama for Paramount Vantage, based on the Samuel Logan book “This Is for the Mara Salvatrucha.” The book is the story of Brenda Paz, a teenaged ex-member of the MS-13 gang who was killed by her comrades after she became an informant for the FBI. Lorenzo di Bonaventura will produce.

Wyatt has also just made a deal at Warner Bros. to direct Slipping Into Darkness, an adaptation of the Peter Blauner novel to be scripted by Brotherhood creator Blake Masters. Basil Iwanyk will produce. It’s a cat-and-mouse thriller about a cop who, 20 years after sending a teenager to jail for life, watches him freed on a technicality.

Both of those projects will percolate while Wyatt next directs The Trail, a drama he scripted with “Escapist” co-writer Daniel Hardy. The story follows two soldiers on a base in New Mexico who are led by a Native American woman up a trail to find her brother, who has been badly hurt in mysterious circumstances. It will shoot in September in New Mexico.