Director John Hillcoat (The Road) has found financing for his cop drama Triple Nine. The Playlist reports that Annapurna Pictures is financing the film. At one time, the project was thought to be abandoned by Hillcoat, but Annapurna's website lists the film as being in “pre-production” alongside a picture of Hillcoat.
The director was first attached to the project scripted by Matt Cook in 2010. At the time, Shia LaBeouf was attached to star, and the Transformers actor is also starring in Hillcoat's The Wettest County In The World. Last year, LaBeouf spoke highly of working with Hillcoat in an interview with the LA Times:
‘Wettest’ is the first time [my pr and management even asked me what kind of movie I wanted to make]. I’ve been running for a team of people for a long time and I don’t take any of it back…I’ve learned a great deal about a certain type of filmmaking. But I have ambitions toward another type of filmmaking that I haven’t been allowed to engage in yet.
LaBeouf recently signed on to star in The Necessary Death Of Charlie Countryman, so he may be doing more indies. LaBeouf could still be attached to star in Triple Nine. We will keep you posted on casting as it is announced. Chris Pine and Jeff Bridges were both previously attached to star but never officially signed on.
According to The Playlist, Triple Nine is a Training Day-like L.A. cop flick. The story "centers on a group of crooked L.A. police officers who realize they must shoot one of their own in order to get away with planning a major heist. They choose as their victim, the script’s lead character, a rookie and honorable young officer. Triple nine is the police code that signifies that an officer is down and needs urgent and immediate assistance."
For now, there is not an official announcement from Annapurna, but we will keep you posted. I loved Training Day, and Triple Nine sounds cool. The Wettest County is scheduled for release on August 31st. What are your thoughts on this news?