Kathryn Bigelow is going from diffusing bombs to focusing on drugs. The Playlist is reporting the Academy Award winner director of The Hurt locker will start filming next year on a project described as “in the vein of Steven Soderbergh’s Traffic.” The film, titled Triple Frontier, will focus on the region on the borders of Brazil, Argentina, and Paraguay (Los Tres Fronteras) that's home to much drug trafficking and terrorist activity. Bigelow will keep a winning team together by again working with writer Mark Boal.

When you win awards for great movies the rumors start flying. Triple Frontier already has names like Denzel Washington, Javier Bardem, Sean Penn being tossed around to star, but The Playlist is quick to point out these are only whispers and probably nothing more. Bigelow’s newfound Hollywood cache makes projects like these gain steam quickly. Who wouldn’t want to stand next to old Oscar for a couple of minutes and work with a director whose grittiness and raw detail could give us an ultra-intense look at the underworld and far-reaching effects of the drug trade?

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