Here’s how things work now: if you have an idea, you’d best either keep it to yourself, or just get it made immediately. Otherwise, someone will step in and do it for you. These days, it isn’t just that companies look for idea with proven audience appeal; they look for stories that other filmmakers want to make, which implies some potential audience appeal. So you want to make a Snow White movie? Then we do, too. Oz, Peter Pan, Frankenstein? All fair game. And if a recent Best Director Oscar winner wants to make a film set in the crime-ridden border intersection between, Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay, then someone else wants to do it, too.

Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal have been prepping exactly that movie, The Triple Frontier for a year, but that picture is on hold while they make a film about the hunt to kill Osama Bin Laden. Now Elite Squad director Jose Padilha is going to make Tri-Border, a film that takes place in the same region, with similar subject matter, and Gran Torino screenwriter Nick Schenk is going to write it for him. Read More »