CATEGORIES Movies, Cinematical
Just days after the announcement that Tom Hanks was joining director Kathryn Bigelow's 'Triple Frontier' comes the news (via Variety) that the Academy Award winning filmmaker is planning to squeeze in another film, an "international thriller," before cameras begin rolling on that production in 2011. Details are unknown save for word that it will be a low budget, indie production on the same scale as her 'The Hurt Locker' and "concerns black ops and is based on a true story that has appeared in printed form." The plan is to get the film shot early next year, wrapping up just in time for 'Triple Frontier's Fall start date.

Kathryn Bigelow: the patron saint of busy filmmakers.

'Hurt Locker' screenwriter Mark Boal, who also wrote 'Triple Frontier,' is behind the script for Bigelow's mystery project, which, to be fair, must make him the patron saint of busy screenwriters. This will be his third time adapting non-fiction journalism into a Hollywood film for Ms. Bigelow.

Bigleow and Boal seem to be doing everything in their power to avoid falling into a post-Oscar malaise. The ambitious 'Triple Frontier' concerns the criminal element on the connecting borders between Paraguay, Argentina and Brazil, and has the definite feel of a major prestige project. In addition to Hanks, Johnny Depp, Leonado DiCaprio and Will Smith have been courted for roles (the film has four major leads).

It's common to see a director win a handful of awards and head off to make a "big" film like 'Triple Frontier,' but it's a little more rare to see that filmmaker stay as busy as possible and return to the small-budgeted, indie world that she no longer has to play in by necessity. Whatever this mystery black ops thriller is, its very existence shows that Bigelow is not fooling around with her career -- she's going to make what she wants, when she wants.

And when you make films as well as Bigelow does, what's there to complain about?