Triple Frontier is a film plagued with issues, and unfortunately, it’s just hit another roadblock as it’s dropped by Paramount and loses stars Channing Tatum and Tom Hardy. A crime thriller set in the dangerous border zone between Paraguay, Argentina and Brazil where two important rivers — The Iguazu and The Parana — meet, Triple Frontier has been in development for the better part of a decade. Back in 2010, the project was announced with Tom Hanks set to star and Kathryn Bigelow in the director’s chair. In 2016, J. C. Chandor took over as director, and Johnny Depp was reportedly circling the lead role.
Earlier this year, it looked like the film might finally be gearing up for production, with Chandor set to direct a script written by Academy Award-winner Mark Boal (The Hurt Locker). Several big stars were attached to the project, with Channing Tatum and Tom Hardy reportedly in talks to star in January, and Mahershala Ali added to the film in February. Now, however, this seems like one step forward and two steps back, as both Tatum and Hardy have left the film.
According to a report from Deadline, both Tatum and Hardy have now dropped out of the movie, only a month before filming was due to begin. In addition to losing its stars, Triple Frontier has also been dealt a major blow, as Paramount has also dropped the project. According to the report, the cause of the trouble was a re-write by Chandor that Tatum and Hardy were not happy with. When this led to requests for more changes to be made, the studio decided to drop it completely rather than deal with potential problems caused by creative differences.
This kind of issue isn’t too unusual in the film industry, of course. Actors will drop out of a project if it no longer works with their schedule or if too many changes are made that they do not approve of, and it doesn’t mean that the film will not still be made. In addition, Paramount has recently undergone some major changes as CEO Brad Grey was pushed out of the company and replaced by Jim Gianopulos. Grey left after one of the worst financial years Paramount has had, and Gianopulos will likely be looking to turn things around with some sure-fire hits, rather than a more risky thriller like Triple Frontier.
This is unlikely to be the end for the project, however. With a script and director ready to go, it’s likely that Triple Frontier will be looking for a new studio, doing some re-casting and then getting back on track. Obviously, these setbacks will push back the schedule significantly, however, and it is possible that the director may also leave – putting the film back into development hell.
Triple Frontier does not currently have a release date.