Just one month before it was due to start filming, J C Chandor’s next film has hit the buffers.
Action thriller Triple Frontier has lost its two biggest stars, Tom Hardy and Channing Tatum, and Paramount has also dropped out of the project. Reportedly, the actors weren’t happy with a new version of the script from Chandor, and the studio decided to pull out when the “creative differences” threatened to delay things.
Chandor is still in situ to direct the film, from a screenplay he co-wrote with Mark Boal. Oscar winner Mahershala Ali and Adria Arjona recently signed on the dotted line and the story is set on the border between Paraguay, Argentina and Brazil, where the Iguazu and Parana rivers meet. The area is notoriously difficult to govern and has a reputation for organised crime.
Originally intended as Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal’s follow up to their Oscar winner The Hurt Locker, the film’s had a bumpy ride so far, with Bigelow and Boal both moving on to different projects. Tom Hanks, Will Smith, Javier Bardem and Christian Bale were all set to star at some point, but went the same way.
In the meantime, we can expect to see Hardy in Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk this July, while Tatum’s back on the screen in August in Steven Soderbergh’s Logan Lucky.