Damien Chazelle’s Thriller Finds Its Director

La La Land and Whiplash's Damien Chazelle has written a thrilled called The Claim. Now it has found its director in Ericson Core.

Damien Chazelle has had one of the most interesting (and fastest) career rises in recent Hollywood memory. Only a few years ago, he worked on screenplays for horror movies like The Last Exorcism Part II (he also had a hand in 10 Cloverfield Lane), but the 32-year-old filmmaker now has an Oscar for his directing of La La Land, which followed his previously very award-friendly writer-director project, Whiplash. Yet he is headed back to genre after those highs with The Claim, a new thriller Chazelle has penned. And it’s now found its director.

Deadline reports that producers Scott Clayton and Russell Levine have tapped Ericson Core to direct The Claim for their production companies, which are respectively Oceanside Media and Route One Entertainment. The movie is described to be a thriller about missing children and the ties that bind in family.

The synopsis for The Claim is that single father with a criminal record is compelled to find and save his kidnapped daughter while struggling against another couple who makes the “mysterious” claim that his daughter is theirs.

Ericson Core originally comes from the cinematography world. Having worked as DP on the original The Fast and the Furious film, as well as Daredevil, Core has transitioned to the director’s chair where he’s previously helmed the Mark Wahlberg football picture, Invincible, and 2015’s questionable attempt at a Point Break remake.

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Core though will presumably be working with better material this time, and the idea of a thriller as the follow-up script to Whiplash and La La Land for Chazelle makes it a movie worth keeping more than one eye on.

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