â€œThe Blind Sideâ€ and â€œThe Highwaymenâ€ director John Lee Hancock is board to write. Heâ€™s also being eyed to direct, though a deal for that has not yet been closed.
The story follows a burned-out Kern County deputy sheriff named Deke, played by Washington, who teams with a crack LASD detective, Baxter, to reel in a wily serial killer. Dekeâ€™s nose for the â€œlittle thingsâ€ proves eerily accurate, but his willingness to circumvent the rules embroils Baxter in a soul-shattering dilemma. Meanwhile, Deke must wrestle with a dark secret from his past.
Insiders tell Variety that Washington had been weighing several options as his next project, including directing the Sony pic â€œJournal of Jordan,â€ which Michael B. Jordan recently joined. Ultimately, a recent meeting with Hancock led Washington to choosing â€œLittle Thingsâ€ as his next project.
Washington rarely rushes to a decision, and his commitment to the film will likely lead the studio to look for another A-lister as his co-star, with hopes to begin production by this summer.
Washington was most recently seen in his first sequel, â€œThe Equalizer 2,â€ which went on to become another hit for the actor, grossing $190 million worldwide, including $102 million at the domestic box office.
He is repped by WME.