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Director Kathryn Bigelow and writer Mark Boal of “The Hurt Locker” fame will be diving into their “Triple Frontier” (aka “Sleeping Dogs”) with Tom Hanks soon enough (around 2011 or thereabouts), but before that happens, the duo is shopping around a smaller, untitled movie that will be about “black ops and is based on a true story that has appeared in printed form”. “Black ops” is, of course, spy jargon for operations that people aren’t supposed to know about. I guess this one didn’t exactly work out, since the whole shebang has already “appeared in printed form”.
Apparently the hold-up on “Sleeping Dogs” is that it has four major roles, and besides Tom Hanks who seems to have committed, the other three roles remain uncast, and Bigelow and Boal are looking at some pretty big names to fill them out, including the ubiquitous Johnny Depp, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Will Smith. Until everything falls into place for that movie, though, the “Hurt Locker” duo will be digging into this unnamed black ops thriller first.
By the way, Bigelow’s modestly budgeted, complex war movie beating out her ex-husband James Cameron’s bloated, superficial space smurf movie for the Oscar? Too awesome for words.