The long, long, long-in-the-works international crime drama TRIPLE FRONTIER is back on yet again, now with a previously departed cast member once again in the mix. This is a project that originated back in 2010 as a potential follow-up film from Oscar-winning THE HURT LOCKER director Kathryn Bigelow and that film’s writer Mark Boal, but it has been through multiple permutations since then. Bigelow and Boal moved on to other projects after Paramount balked at the hefty price tag for TRIPLE FRONTIER, and in 2015 ALL IS LOST and A MOST VIOLENT YEAR director J.C. Chandor circled the directors’ chair with Johnny Depp potentially starring.
That permutation didn’t pan out, but in January 2017 it appeared the film had new life with Channing Tatum and Tom Hardy eyeing starring roles. That lasted about three months, after which Tatum, Hardy, and Paramount Pictures all dropped out and the film fell apart. But hope springs eternal, and in May it was reported that Netflix might come to the rescue of Chandor’s version of the film with Ben Affleck and Casey Affleck eyed to star. Then Ben Affleck dropped out in July and it was back to the drawing board, as Mark Wahlberg was eyed as a potential replacement.
Which brings us to today. Now THR reports that Ben Affleck is back in negotiations to star in the now-untitled drama with Oscar Isaac also in talks, as Charlie Hunnam, Garrett Hedlund, Pedro Pascal, and Adia Arjoa all set to star for what is now a Netflix original movie.
The original title refers to the border zone between Paraguay, Argentina, and Brazil which is known as one of the world’s largest havens for organized crime. Chandor rewrote Boal’s drafts himself, and the story now centers on five friends whose loyalties are tested when they reunite to take down a South American drug lord, unleashing a chain of unintended consequences.
MAN OF STEEL and AMERICAN HUSTLE producer Charles Roven is producing the project, and it’ll mark Chandor’s long-awaited follow-up to A MOST VIOLENT YEAR. The filmmaker had been attached to DEEPWATER HORIZON but left the project pretty late in the game over creative differences with the studio—his take was apparently too political for their tastes. He’s a talented filmmaker and I’m mighty curious to see what he brings to this long-developing project.
As for Affleck, he may or may not be reprising his role as Batman in THE BATMAN but he hasn’t yet firmed up his next starring role, although he’s attached to star in a developing THE ACCOUNTANT sequel. Isaac, meanwhile, is due back to film STAR WARS EPISODE IX this summer.