Paramount Balked at $80 Million Price Tag for Kathryn Bigelow’s TRIPLE FRONTIER; Director Refused to Cast Will Smith

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Back in 2010, Zero Dark Thirty director Kathryn Bigelow and screenwriter Mark Boal were coming off their Oscar wins for The Hurt Locker, and turning their attention to the crime drama Triple Frontier (also known as Sleeping Dogs).  The details of the plot were unknown, but the film was billed as an action-adventure set in a border zone of South America known as “la triple frontera”, a haven for organized crime.  Tom Hanks was attached to play one of the leads, and other stars were rumored for the picture including Johnny Depp, Sean Penn, Denzel Washington, and Javier Bardem.  The plan was to start filming in March 2011.  But then Bigelow and Boal decided to hit pause, and do an indie thriller before Triple Frontier.  It’s worth noting that Variety shot down a rumor that “the plot concerns the hunt for Osama Bin Laden,” even though that rumor ultimately turned out to be true.  However, at that time the indie thriller was about losing Bin Laden in the Tora Bora Mountains; once he was killed, the script had to be updated.

So what happened with Triple Frontier?  Hit the jump for more.

Is Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal’s Next Flick about the Hunt Osama Bin Laden? [UPDATE: No.]

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Last month, we reported that The Hurt Locker director Kathryn Bigelow and screenwriter Mark Boal were planning to direct an indie feature before going to work on Triple Frontier.  At the time, I speculated that it could an adaptation of David David Rohde’s series of articles for The New York Times, Held by the Taliban.  Variety reported that the story would “concern black ops.”  Now Variety is reporting that “the plot concerns the hunt for Osama Bin Laden.”  IM Global has secured the worldwide rights to the untitled featured.

So it’s looking like Bigelow will head back to the Middle East for her highly-anticipated follow-up to The Hurt Locker.  With filming on Triple Frontier already scheduled for the fall, I wouldn’t be surprised if work on this untitled indie feature starts no later than spring. [Update: Variety has updated their story and we have now been informed that the story has nothing to do with Osama Bin Laden.]

Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal to Shoot Indie Thriller before TRIPLE FRONTIER

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Oscar-winning director Kathryn Bigelow and screenwriter Mark Boal (The Hurt Locker) are shopping an international thriller that they plan to shoot before going into production on Triple Frontier.  According to Variety, the indie project would “concern black ops and is based on a true story that has appeared in printed form.”  It could be based on David Rohde’s series of articles for The New York Times, Held by the Taliban.  However, at least as it really happened, that story didn’t involve “black ops”.  Rather, Rhodes and two Afghan colleagues were taken to a tribal region in the northwest region of Pakistan and managed to stage an escape.  While Boal has yet to write the script, it’s possible his and Bigelow’s pitch weaves black ops into the story.

For more details on how this project affects Triple Frontier, hit the jump.

Tom Hanks Confirmed to Star in Kathryn Bigelow’s TRIPLE FRONTIER

by     Posted 3 years, 361 days ago

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Last month, we reported that Tom Hanks was “seriously considering” a starring role in Triple Frontier, the new film from Oscar-winning director Kathryn Bigelow (The Hurt Locker).  Producer Charles Roven now tells ComingSoon that Hanks is officially on board.  Roven added that they were still casting the other roles and they were aiming for a mid-March 2011 shoot.  He also referred to the project as “Triple Frontier” and not as its other rumored title, “Sleeping Dogs”.

Written by Hurt Locker scribe Mark Boal, the film centers on a border zone of South America known as “la triple frontera”, and is a haven for drug cartels.  There’s a strong Middle Eastern community who have long been linked to Islamic extremists and their money laundering activities.  Hit the jump for more on Triple Frontier and a refresher on Hanks’ other projects.

Johnny Depp in Talks to Star Opposite Tom Hanks in Kathryn Bigelow’s TRIPLE FRONTIER

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Johnny Depp is in talks to star opposite Tom Hanks in Paramount’s Triple Frontier, a crime drama set to be directed by The Hurt Locker’s Kathryn Bigelow.  The film is about the organized crime in the border areas between Paraguay, Brazil and Argentina.  The script was written by Mark Boal, who won an Oscar for his Hurt Locker screenplay.  Boal and Bigelow are producing with Charles Roven.  According to Deadline, Boal’s script features five main roles; Hanks and Depp are eying the two major leads.

Scheduling issues could stand in the way of Depp starring in Triple Frontier: the film begins shooting in February, a month that’s already booked for Depp to film Dark Shadows with director Tim Burton.  (That film is scripted by Seth Grahame-Smith, the author behind Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter who just sold a 3D adaptation of Lincoln to Fox with Burton producing.)  Hopefully things can be shifted around enough for Depp to do both Triple Frontier and Dark Shadows.

Tom Hanks Seriously Considering Kathryn Bigelow’s SLEEPING DOGS

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Tom Hanks is reportedly circling a lead role in Kathryn Bigelow’s Sleeping Dogs (formerly known as Triple Frontier).  Penned by The Hurt Locker scribe Mark Boal, the film is set within an organized crime district between Paraguay, Argentina, and Brazil while focusing on the lives of five men who work in said area.  The film is set to begin production early next year and, while an offer is yet to be extended Hanks’ way, Heat Vision reports that the two-time Oscar winner is currently in talks with Bigelow to play one of the five principal leads.

The report also mentions Leonardo DiCaprio and Jeremy Renner as names mentioned alongside the project at one point or another.  Back in August, we reported that Bigelow had met with Javier Bardem, Christian Bale, Sean Penn, and Will Smith about starring as well.  In the meantime, Hanks is set to star alongside Sandra Bullock in Stephen Daldry’s (The Reader) adaptation of Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close and is starring in/writing/directing Larry Crowne which also stars Julia Roberts, Bryan Cranston, and Gugu Mbatha-Raw (TV’s Undercovers).

A Revealing Look at Paramount’s Upcoming Projects including TRIPLE FRONTIER, ZOOLANDER 2, MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE IV

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A major Paramount document detailing a host of the studio’s upcoming projects may have leaked last night.  The e-mail in question provides info on a slew of potential films from the studio including Kathryn Bigelow’s Triple Frontier, Jason Reitman’s Young Adult, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, G.I. Joe 2, World War Z, and a whole lot more.  Hit the jump for the list along with added notes for what we already know.

Kathryn Bigelow Plans to Direct TRIPLE FRONTIER Next Year; Sean Penn, Denzel Washington, and Javier Bardem to Star?

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Oscar-winning director Kathryn Bigelow intends to shoot the drug trafficking action-drame Triple Frontier next year and possibly with an all-star cast.  Argentinian newspaper La Nación [via The Playlist] reports that Sean Penn, Javier Bardem and Denzel Washington are being rumored for roles in the film, but Playlist points out that this may be because of an NY Times piece where screenwriter Mark Boal said he met with the actors about possible future collaborations. It’s possible it’s for Frontier but, the film is still in a very early stage of production.

As we previously reported, the film centers on a border zone of South America known as “la triple frontera“, and is a haven for drug cartels.  Oh, and crime bonus: there’s a strong Middle Eastern community who have long been linked to Islamic extremists and their money laundering activities.  Rumored to be shot in the same style as The Hurt Locker, it looks like Bigelow and Boal may have the material to out-do their Oscar-winning film.

HBO Adds Another Star To Its Roster As Kathryn Bigelow Signs On To Direct the Pilot For THE MIRACULOUS YEAR

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Since the dawn of the new year, it’s been hard to keep up with all the film talent HBO was luring to the channel for various projects.  Michael Mann is directing a pilot for Luck from Deadwood creator David Milch.  Charlize Theron and David Fincher are teaming for the serial killer series Mind HunterRussell Crowe and Maria Bello are set to star in Emergency Sex from Slumdog Millionaire scripter Simon Beaufoy.  Zooey Deschanel will headline a series adaptation of I’m With the Band: Confessions of a Groupie.  And most recently HBO acquired the Todd Haynes miniseries adaptation of Mildred Pierce with none other than Kate Winslet attached to star.  Plus miniseries The Pacific, which counts Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks among its producers, will begin a ten-week run on March 14th and the Martin Scorsese-directed pilot for Boardwalk Empire starring Steve Buscemi is set to air later in the year.

But they’re not done just yet.  The Hollywood Reporter announced that recent Oscar-nominee (and soon-to-be Oscar-winner) Kathryn Bigelow will direct the pilot for The Miraculous Year from a screenplay by John Logan.  Details after the break.

Director Kathryn Bigelow and Writer Mark Boal Re-Team for TRIPLE FRONTIER

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We haven’t reached awards season yet, but since there are now ten nominees for Best Picture, I wouldn’t be at all surprised to see one of those slots taken by Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal’s “The Hurt Locker”, which is racking up great numbers at the box office in addition to its critical acclaim.

Now Variety is reporting that Bigelow and Boal will team up again for “Triple Frontier”.  While the logline is currently unknown, the film is set in a border zone of South America known as “la triple frontera”, and is a haven for organized crime.  The film is intended as an action-adventure, ensemble project that producer Charles Roven hoping to get in front of cameras sometime next year.

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