Denzel Washington to reside in Universal’s ‘Safe House’ Denzel Washington is expected to star in Universal Pictures’ thriller “Safe House.”

The story follows a U.S. intelligence officer in South America, who must ward off villains from attacking a CIA safe house after a newly arrived criminal arrives.

According to Variety, Universal “made overtures to Washington weeks ago before the death of the thesp’s agent Ed Limato, who died Saturday. But talks ramped up this week between Universal and WME co-CEO Patrick Whitesell, who is running point on Washington’s affairs.”

Director Daniel Espinoza is said to be working on the script penned by David Guggenheim, an US Magazine editor.

L.A. Times reports: “Guggenheim comes from Hollywood royalty — his brother Marc is writing ‘The Green Lantern’ and his brother Eric was a writer on the Olympic hockey film ‘Miracle.’ But he’s a senior editor based in New York with few prior Hollywood connections (he recently signed with the agency APA and the management company Madhouse Entertainment). In fact, he just picked up the pen in the fall, motivated to finish a screenplay before his wife gave birth to their first child (she’s due next week — so he made his deadline).”

Production is scheduled to happen in either the fall or winter for “Safe House.”

Following Limato’s death, agency WME is trying to prevent a number of his high-profile clients, i.e. Mel Gibson, Steve Martin from leaving. Though the agency has been working overtime for Washington, it is expected that Gibson will depart.

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