triple frontier movie

Maybe third time’s the charm for the embattled Netflix thriller Triple Frontier.

The Netflix production recently lost star Ben Affleck but is currently negotiating with Mark Wahlberg to replace him. The long-gestating production has gone through numerous rounds of casting, with Tom Hardy and Channing Tatum once attached to star, as well as a revolving door of directors, including Kathryn Bigelow. Now J.C. Chandor is set to direct, with possibly Wahlberg and a few other notable actors in supporting roles.

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Ben Affleck Exits Triple Frontier

The troubled production of action-thriller Triple Frontier has lost another actor after its initial stars Tom Hardy and Channing Tatum left due to scheduling conflicts.

Ben Affleck has parted ways with Triple Frontier, the Netflix film that has faced obstacles since it was dropped by Paramount Studios in April.

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Ben and Casey Affleck

Director J.C. Chandor’s drug thriller Triple Frontier just won’t stay down. The movie has been in the works since 2009, and was originally envisioned as Kathryn Bigelow’s follow-up to her Oscar-winning film The Hurt Locker. The promising project has suffered a string of bad luck in the years since, culminating with Paramount and stars Channing Tatum and Tom Hardy dropping out last month, just weeks away from the planned start of production.

But now it looks like Netflix might swoop in to keep this movie alive, and they could be bringing Ben and Casey Affleck along for the ride.
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Triple Frontier delayed

J.C. Chandor‘s (A Most Violent Year) drug smuggling thriller, Triple Frontier, has just been dealt a brutal blow. The project, formerly called Sleeping Dogs, has been at Paramount for several years and has pulled in all kinds of talent. At one point, Kathryn Bigelow was going to direct Tom Hanks in the film before Chandor got Tom Hardy and Channing Tatum on board to star, but they’ve dropped the project, along with Paramount.

Below, learn more about what’s going on with Triple Frontier.

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Johnny Depp Joining Triple Frontier

The drug smuggling thriller Triple Frontier has been kicking around for about seven years now. Kathryn Bigelow was once attached to direct, but she moved on to a film about Bowe Bergdahl instead. During the years the project was kicking around, names like Tom Hanks, Will Smith and Johnny Depp were said to have shown interest in the film, and now the latter has circled back around to the project. Read More »

J.C. Chandor Directing Triple Frontier

Following the acclaimed Zero Dark Thirty, the next project for director Kathryn Bigelow and writer Mark Boal was supposed to be Triple Frontier at Paramount Pictures. The project had been developing for years, but then Bigelow and Boal decided to focus on a film about Bowe Bergdahl, the US Army Sergeant captured by the Taliban and held for five years before being released in a controversial prisoner exchange in 2014.

Now Triple Frontier may have a new director. Margin Call, All is Lost, and A Most Violent Year helmer J.C. Chandor is in early talks to direct the film. And it sounds like Will Smith and Tom Hanks, who have been linked to the project for years, may still end up being involved, too. Find out more about J.C. Chandor directing Triple Frontier below! Read More »

(UPDATE: Too good to be true, I guess. Mark Boal’s reps reached out to The Playlist and told them that both the Osama Bin Laden angle is wrong, as is the report that IM Global has worldwide rights. This twigged odd given that producer Charles Roven had recently said, as linked below, that Triple Frontier would shoot this spring. That seems to be the report to rely on now. Apologies for any confusion. Original article follows.)

Kathryn Bigelow and her co-writer on The Hurt Locker, Mark Boal, have been prepping two projects. One, Triple Frontier, was in development all of last year and is scheduled to shoot sometime in 2011 — either in the spring or not until fall, depending on where you get your info. The other is a low-budget international black-ops thriller that is currently without a publicly-announced title.

Which film will get made first? That’s been the question, and the latest info suggests that the international thriller is taking the lead. And the subject matter may involve Osama Bin Laden. Read More »

Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal‘s political action thriller Triple Frontier, which has Tom Hanks set to star, is one of the more promising films that might roll film this year. It takes place in the so-called ‘triple frontier’ where the borders of Paraguay, Argentina and Brazil intersect, which is reportedly a gangland haven and source of terrorist funding.

But there has been some question about when the movie would actually shoot, and whether it might wait until the Bigelow and Boal team make another quickie political thriller. Now producer Charles Roven has given an update on the project, which suggests it might shoot sooner than we last thought. Read More »

Even before The Hurt Locker swept the late ’09 / early ’10 awards season, culminating with Best Picture, Best Director and Best Original Screenplay wins, director Karthryn Bigelow and her co-producer and writer Mark Boal began work on another film. That picture, Triple Frontier (also briefly called Sleeping Dogs), has generated interest from major players like Tom Hanks and Johnny Depp.

But getting all the pieces together is taking time and a December/January shoot became a March 2011 shoot, and now the film won’t go before cameras until fall 2011. But there’s good news, as the Bigelow/Boal team are planning to make another smaller “international thriller” first. Read More »

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After the long holiday weekend, it seems like Hollywood is back in full swing. Monday we had announcements of new projects for Mark Wahlberg, Halle Berry and Kevin Smith and Tuesday is more of the same. Though previously rumored, Tom Hanks has now been confirmed to star in Kathryn Bigelow’s follow-up to her Oscar-winning work in The Hurt Locker called Triple Frontier (or possibly Sleeping Dogs), Liam Neeson will star in An Ordinary Man from director Brad Silberling, Kirsten Dunst will hit the road with Hit Girl with the coming of age drama Hick and Mary J. Blige is in talks to star in the film adaptation of the Broadway musical Rock of Ages. Read about each of these after the jump. Read More »