Just as it seemed there was hope for Triple Frontier, it seems once again the film has lost its core support. Last week, Deadline reported that Paramount Pictures had dropped the film, and lead actors Tom Hardy and Channing Tatum had also dropped out of the project. The picture was set to be directed by J.C. Chandor and was written by Mark Boal, and produced by Charles Roven and Alex Gartner.
Previously, back in 2010, Katherine Bigelow was signed on to direct the film, with actors such as Will Smith, Johnny Depp, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Tom Hanks allegedly considering roles. She reportedly left the project in 2015 to work on her upcoming film Detroit.
Triple Frontier is meant to be an drama/action film set in South America. “Triple Frontier” refers to the tri-border area between Paraguay, Argentina, and Brazil, where the Iguana and Parana rivers converge. With a significant Arab population, the area has been known to be home to terrorist activities.
The script allegedly has five lead roles, but the costs for Hardy and Tatum alone could have caused financial problems for the production. Paramount also recently changed presidents from Brady Grey to Jim Gianopulos, and the later may not be as passionate about the project. There were also reports that Tatum and Hardy were not fond of recent rewrites of the script, and could not come to an agreement over the changing plot.
With Tatum and Hardy gone, and Paramount dropping the project and sending it into turnaround, it seems other stars who signed on, including Moonlight‘s Mahershala Ali and True Detective‘s Adria Arjona, may have to leave the project as well, as it may never be made. It was set to begin production next month, but now the production status is once again unknown.