Deadline is reporting that acclaimed director J.C. Chandor has agreed a deal to direct Universal Pictures’ Triple Frontier.
Chandor, who directed A Most Violent Year and All Is Lost, had been circling the project back in June but since deciding against taking on oil spill film Deepwater Horizon (now directed by Peter Berg and starring Mark Wahlberg), he has now been able to sign on for Frontier.
Previously, the project had director Kathryn Bigelow and writer Mark Boal (Zero Dark Thirty) attached, with Tom Hanks and Will Smith interested in a role at one time or another. The film is “set in the organized crime haven that exists in the border zone between Paraguay, Argentina and Brazil. It has five main roles.”
Chandor is also set to direct The Liar’s Ball in the next year, as well as his producer duties for comedy The Brits Are Coming, starring Alice Eve, Tim Roth, Stephen Fry and Sofia Vergara, which is released in 2016.