Movies stuck in development hell fascinate me. I’ve read all of the books published on the most famous cases, keep tabs on current ones, and always enjoy speculating what might become of them. Currently, one of the highest profile films stuck in this situation is Triple Frontier. Once upon a time, Kathryn Bigelow was looking to make this her follow up to The Hurt Locker. Bigelow had a script by partner Mark Boal ready to go and a cast that was led by Johnny Depp, Tom Hanks, and Will Smith. Sounds like slam dunk talent all around and a surefire awards player, right? Well, it seemingly wasn’t to be.
Bigelow and Boal were never able to get it off the ground. Obviously, they moved on to Zero Dark Thirty and have since also made Detroit, due for release in a few months. Last year, it seemed like the flick had a second life with J.C. Chandor coming on to direct. Boal’s script was still in play, and a new trio was set, consisting of Mahershala Ali, Tom Hardy, and Channing Tatum. Not bad at all. Then, of course, things went sideways. Paramount wouldn’t give the green light and Triple Frontier appeared to be dead, or at least stuck back in development hell once again.
Not so fast, actually. Yesterday, word spread that Netflix may be coming to save the day and pay for/distribute the film. Not only that, while Hardy and Tatum have moved on, following in the footsteps of Depp, Hanks, and Smith, Chandor has found a pair of very capable actors to step in. Now rumored to join Ali in bringing Boal’s script to the screen are siblings Ben Affleck and Casey Affleck. The Academy Award winning brothers could be sharing the screen for the first time in almost two decades. It’s early still, but while the 2017 release date once speculated about is probably not happening, this may very well turn out to be a 2018 contender.
Assuming it actually gets made, Triple Frontier seems like a potential Oscar friendly movie in many categories. Provided the goods are there, eventually we could see it compete in Best Picture, Best Director (for J.C. Chandor), Best Actor/Best Supporting Actor (for Ali or either Affleck), Best Original Screenplay (for Boal), and basically across the board technical category possibilities. I initially had it hanging around in early predictions this year, but if it can live up to the hype, it will again be in play next year. It just has to get made, and that might wind up being the hardest part.
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