Game of Thrones director Brian Kirk, at one point the frontrunner for Marvel's Thor sequel, has signed on to helm the Universal Pictures thriller Midnight Delivery, Variety reports.
Written by novelist and screenwriter Neil Cross (Spooks, Luther) from an idea by Guillermo del Toro, the film follows a father who becomes a drug mule to save his son's life. Production is expected to begin next year after Cross turns in his latest draft.
Del Toro will produce, with Gary Ungar executive producing.
Kirk, who has directed three episodes of HBO's Game of Thrones, emerged in August as a lead contender for Thor 2, but reportedly withdrew after creative and financial issues arose during negotiations with Marvel. That cleared the path for Monster writer/director Patty Jenkins to secure the job. Kirk's resume also includes episodes of Boardwalk Empire, Dexter, Luther and The Tudors.