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Russell Crowe to helm 77

Joshua Brunsting

by: Joshua Brunsting
April 25th, 2011

Russell Crowe The Equalizer

While he is still very much a part of the Hollywood acting A-list, actor Russell Crowe is looking to turn that into one hell of a directorial career.

Deadline is reporting that Crowe is looking to helm a “period cop movie” entitled 77.  The film is penned by David Matthews, and is based on a story written by James Ellroy, that follows “the unsolved murder of an LAPD officer, and the nationally televised shootout in South Central L.A. between the Symbionese Liberation Army and the LAPD, where 50,000 rounds of gunfire were exchanged. The events will be seen through the eyes of two police partners, one black and one white.”

Now, Crowe has been looking to jump behind the camera for some time now, but this appears to be the closest the actor truly has gotten.  Personally, as a fan of crime dramas, this is definitely a film that will be one that I’ll keep a really keen eye on, as not only will it be Crowe’s debut, but the premise is also quite interesting.  I’m a pretty big fan of Crowe as an actor, and while that doesn’t always translate to a great filmmaker, he’s worked with his fair share of great directors, so if he’s learned anything, this will be quite interesting to watch.

What do you think?

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