Christian Bale Bails on Film Due to Busy Schedule?

Christian Bale has passed on the opportunity to star in "Child 44," although the actor has yet to provide his reasoning for the rejection.

The actor, 38, was offered an opportunity to star in "Child 44," a film directed by Daniel Espinosa through Scott Free Productions. The film is to based on a thriller book of the same name written by British writer Tom Rob Smith. It involves the investigation of gruesome child murders that were committed under Joseph Stalin's Soviet Union. It follows the crimes of Ukrainian serial killer Andrei Chikatilo.

On Tuesday, Bale met with the film's producers, according to The Wrap, and turned down the offer to star in the film. The actor, however, did not provide a public reason as to why he had rejected the role, though he does appear to have a loaded schedule.

In April Bale was considering taking on a role in "American Bulls---" with David O. Russell according to NMW, which would fill the actor's schedule for the foreseeable future.

"If Bale takes on American Bulls--- the chances of him returning to the Terminator franchise will recede further with his plate already full far into the future," the site reported. "Up next for Bale is Out Of The Furnace and the two Terrence Malick films, Lawless and Knight of Cups, both of which will also feature Natalie Portman."

In August, the actor was also in talks to star in "The Creed of Violence" directed by Academy Award nominated filmmaker Todd Field. The film had a hopeful start date of early 2013.

In 2011, Christian Bale won an Academy Award for "Best Supporting Actor" in the film "The Fighter." His other latest title was box-office blockbuster "The Dark Knight Rises."