Focus Features has signed up Naranjo to direct "A Man Must Die." Being produced by Pablo Cruz -- a regular collaborator witwh Naranjo who is also working on the upcoming "Chavez" biopic starring Michael Peña and being directed by Diego Luna -- there isn't much in the way of details on this one except that it will be a political thriller in the vein of Olivier Assayas' "Carlos." Um, awesome. Of course, no word if it will be as sprawling at that flick, but something similarly epic in tone? Yep, sign us up.
It's not clear if 'Die' will roll before 'Mountain,' but with Fassy tied up through the rest of the year on "Twelve Years a Slave" and "The Counselor," maybe this project will gear up to go first. Either way, it looks like Naranjo is ready to make his next big career step and we're eager to see where it takes him. [Deadline]