John Hillcoat Might Direct Shia LaBeouf in Drama 'Triple Nine'
It's only "might" because nothing is signed, of course. In fact, those two aren't even in talks yet, just showing early interest in the project and that's all. The Wrap reports they've heard that director John Hillcoat (The Proposition, The Road) is circling a project called Triple Nine (or maybe it's just 999) that Shia LaBeouf is also considering starring in. Late last year it was reported that Hillcoat was going to be directing LeBeouf in an adaptation called The Promised Land, but production fall apart in January on that. I'm sure Hillcoat and LeBeouf have been trying to find another project since and this could be it, if they play their cards right.
The script for 999 (which is also police code indicating that an officer needs immediate assistance), written by Matt Cooke, is about a group of crooked cops planning a major heist who realize they must shoot one of their own in order to get away with it. The lead character is an upstanding young officer who they choose as their victim. Without spoiling too much, that sounds very similar to Nimrod Antal's Armored from last year, but about cops instead of armored truck drivers. Warner Bros is apparently in talks to acquire the script, but no one else is formally attached except for producer Steve Golin (Babel, Rendition, Case 39, 44 Inch Chest).
It's hard to speak about this too much without having read the script or anything, but I like the concept in a simple sense. I like heist movies and crime dramas and thrillers like that, but similar to Armored, it just has to be done well and the story has to hold up the entire way through. Will the young cop revolt and fight back or will he just get screwed in the end? We'll keep you updated on any progress, so stay tuned for the latest.