Following the news that Brazilian director Jose Padilha (Elite Squad) is on the shortlist of candidates to direct Fox’s The Wolverine comes word that he’s poised to direct the political action film Tri-Border. The film centers on a DEA agent from Boston who gets reassigned to Paraguy after busting the son of a US senator. The story will “explore the ins-and-outs of the different crime organizations and law enforcement agencies in the tri-border zone, as the agent strives to understand how the place works in order to capture his ticket back home, a leading drug dealer.”
Heat Vision reports that Padilha is currently in the region with screenwriter Nick Schenk (Gran Tornio) conducting researching. Padilha is self-fincancing the flick, and they hope to have a script completed by August. The director is also attached to the Robocop remake, and last we heard Padihla said they will start production on that film “when the script is good enough.” The tri-border region between Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay is the setting for another film in development, Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal’s Triple Frontier. However, that film is currently on hold while the two move forward with their timely film centered on the hunt, and subsequent death, of Osama Bin Laden.