Kathryn Bigelow Might Direct Black Ops Film Before ‘Triple Frontier’

Published 4 years ago by , Updated August 4th, 2013 at 4:01 am,

Kathryn Bigelow The Hurt Locker 570x380 Kathryn Bigelow Might Direct Black Ops Film Before Triple Frontier

After winning an Oscar for her direction of the Iraq-war thriller The Hurt Locker (becoming the first woman in history to win Best Director), there a lot of interest in Kathryn Bigelow’s next project. She has been rumored for a few movies, but the one that has become a firm reality is Triple Frontier (a.k.a. Sleeping Dogs).

We reported last week that Tom Hanks is attached to star in Triple Frontier, a crime film set in a border zone between Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay, which serves as a haven for drug cartels. Other A-listers such as Johnny Depp, Sean Penn and Will Smith have all be rumored for the film at various points, but no one apart from Hanks has been confirmed as of yet.

Triple Frontier was looking like it would be Bigelow’s first post-Hurt Locker film, however, according to Variety, she and Hurt Locker screenwriter Mark Boal are going to be making another indie film before that.

Details are thin on this new indie flick but apparently, “the narrative concerns black ops and is based on a true story that has appeared in printed form.” We did report way back at the start of the year that Bigelow would be helming Held By the Taliban, another fact-based thriller, but as far as we know that was just a rumor and she is not doing that film. It looks unlikely that this “black ops” film has anything to do with Held By the Taliban.

For those wondering where this leaves Triple Frontier, you needn’t worry as that project is still firmly on-track and this indie film is NOT likely to affect it. However, Frontier has “many moving parts,” so while everything gets sorted out on that project, Bigelow and Boal have decided to make an indie film in the meantime.

Bigelow and Boal are currently looking for financing for the black ops film (which has nothing to with the popular Call of Duty: Black Ops video game, FYI). Boal has yet to pen the script but the project is being compared to The Hurt Locker in that it will likely not cost much more than $10 million to make – a true feat in this day and age where hundred-million-dollar blockbusters are commonplace. Evidently, the directing and writing duo will have to put this thing together fast, certainly if the March 2011 shooting date of Triple Frontier is still being held in place (although there’s nothing official to suggest it will be).

The black ops project is also being compared with Clint Eastwood’s double-bill of war films, Flags of our Fathers and Letters from Iwo Jima. Eastwood had quite a bit of spare time during post-production of Fathers and so quickly put together and shot Iwo Jima as a companion piece.

Admittedly, I would rather Bigelow and Boal hurry it up with Triple Frontier, but I’m willing to wait a while longer if it means we get another intriguing film out of the situation. And this black ops film could ultimately work out in Frontier‘s favor: the longer it takes for that project to start shooting the greater the chance that busy actors like Depp, Penn and Smith could end up starring alongside Hanks.

More on Kathryn Bigelow’s black ops project and Triple Frontier as news comes out.

Source: Variety

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  1. Is it bad if I thought the title of this article meant Black Ops as in COD Black Ops?
    *sigh* Look what video games can do to you….

    • Are you one of those that blame Doom for Columbine?

  2. Whatever she does, I’m there. If this WERE about COD I would be heartbroken. This team would lose all credibility if they did something that poppy. She turned down Spider Man, you know.


  3. Whatever project she chooses lte’s just hope it’s a massive improvement over Hurt Locker.

    Point Break still her best film but then we all know that already..

    • No, I prefer Near Dark over Point Break. Keanu was overly Keanu in Point Break.

  4. I may be done with Kathryn Bigelow all together… There are so many other things besides drugs, guns, big money goes bad… Unfortunately the world still has a need to justify this cultural focus in the main stream.

    Warren Zevon said it best… Send lawyers, guns and money…. Yawn…

  5. I interviewed her for another site for the Hurt Locker before it went wide. She’s a very intelligent woman…good looking too!

    • Yes well intellegence, looks, these things can be bought… I think what I am talking about is the ability to be bought and sold as a producer who filters through the mainstream acceptance of commodities and priorities which are likely not in the best interest of the film industry, the global economy or the minds of our children.

      You will not find me saying things like this often but I sense the sort of willing coopting of resources in Bigelow as I sense the coming of cold and bad weather in my bones and I just dont like it. Some people are just smart enough and just culpable enough to put principles aside for some incredibly enticing option which really sells quite a few souls off to drudgery in the mean time. I believe that Hurt Locker did that…

      Pass on Black Ops and on Triple Boundary as a nod to that which should be put to bed already given how many people are dying at the hands of this glorified meat machine called the Defense Budget… dont get me wrong… I love our soldiers and their protectorate commanding officers but I see no real benefit from the way our economy and industry has whored them out to the highest bidder…

      Footnote: My companionship with a career Marine who decided to save his own life taught me well so dont bother arguing whichever jusitification you might have regarding how defense spending works… His complete transformation and disenfranchisement nearly sent us both to hell in a handbasket to make a long story short but we are the best of friends now despite all these things. Alls well that ends well?? America has been optioned in more than just film making rights so… Bigelow go home.