Safe House” helmer Daniel Espinosa is in early talks to helm “The Outsider” for Warner Bros., riding a wave a momentum after the Denzel Washington thriller just crossed the $100 million domestic mark for Universal.

Penned by Andrew Baldwin, “The Outsider” follows a World War II POW broken out by the Yakuza and forced to work for the Japanese crime syndicate. Though no offers have been made, studio has been eyeing Michael Fassbender to star.

Art and John Linson are producing through Linson Entertainment.

Espinosa, repped by UTA and and Magnolia, is also known for Swedish crime thriller “Snabba Cash,” which The Weinstein Company plans to release domestically this summer.