Director in talks to take the reins of gritty drama.

DJ Caruso (‘I Am Number Four,’ ‘Disturbia’) is negotiations to helm the edgy drama ‘A Walk Among the Tombstone,’ Deadline reports.

The drama follows Matthew Scudder, an alcoholic former cop who spends his retirement doing favors for friends, the kind that takes him deep into the underbelly of New York City. The former cop goes in search of a heroin kingpin’s wife who has been kidnapped and is being sent back in pieces.

The script was penned by Scott Frank and adapted from Lawrence Block’s novel of the same name. The project was originally set up 14 years ago with Harrison Ford interested in taking the role of Scudder.

Block has over 20 books in the Scudder series, and plans are for the movie to be the start of a franchise.