Jose Padilha taking on Kathryn Bigelow’s TRIPLE FRONTIER with TRI-BORDER

Joshua Brunsting

by: Joshua Brunsting
May 25th, 2011

Apparently today is one hell of a day for Jose Padilha.

After being revealed as one of the eight names on the short list of possible directors to take up on the now-open director’s chair for THE WOLVERINE (along with people like Antoine Fuqua and James Mangold), THR is reporting that he will now helm a new film, entitled TRI-BORDER.

The film will follow “a Boston-based DEA agent who is unwillingly sent to Paraguay for having busted the son of an US senator during a drug raid. The script will explore the ins-and-outs of the different crime organizations and law enforcement agencies in the tri-border zone, as the agent strives to understand how the place works in order to capture his ticket back home, a leading drug dealer.” It not only sounds similar to a film like Padilha’s ELITE SQUAD, but more in a more interesting turn, Kathryn Bigelow’s long-talked about TRIPLE FRONTIER.

TRI-BORDER will follow a narrative set in the same drug-addled border location as Bigelow’s long-gestating film, and sounds like it will be a similar film tonally as well. 

Personally, I’m much more interested in Bigelow’s film, but with Padilha being more than a great director, this will definitely be an interesting competition between the two films.Padilha should be relatively busy with ROBOCOP, so while it remains to be seen just where this will land on his slate, it’s definitely an interesting addition. What do you think?

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