At this point in the year, I feel confident in stating The Hurt Locker is one of, if not the only Best Picture Oscar contender that’s been released thus far. It’s certainly my favorite film of the year to this point, so I have no reason to not look forward to anything else the writer/director team from that film choose to do next. As luck would have it, they’ve chosen to work together again.
Director Kathryn Bigelow and writer Mark Boal have sold their next idea, deemed an action/adventure, called Triple Frontier. The plot details have yet to be released, but will be “set in the notorious border zone between Paraguay, Argentina and Brazil where the Igazu and Parana rivers converge — making “la triple frontera” difficult to monitor and a haven for organized crime.” “Variety” says it will be an ensemble piece.
Boal wrote The Hurt Locker script after spending a few weeks with bomb squads in Jordan, so it’s not out-of-place to presume he’s done some first-hand research about the place his new script will be set in. Just the mere mention of “Brazil” and “organized crime” makes me think of City of God and Bigelow has the visual chops to make those surroundings as harrowing as Fernando Meirelles’ 2002 classic. I’m sure this will be something to look forward to.