Thanks to The Hurt Locker's immense success at this year's Academy Awards, Kathryn Bigelow had her pick of any follow-up project she wanted, and was on the list for everything from the Planet of the Apes prequel to the Spider-Man reboot. Rather than selecting one of those franchise movies, however, she instead decided to reteam with Hurt Locker scribe Mark Boal to make Triple Frontier, a film about drug trafficking on the borders between Brazil, Argentina, and Paraguay. Thanks to a recent controversy, though, she now may be regretting that decision.
AFP says that Argentina and Paraguay are refusing cooperation with the film, claiming the subject matter could hurt their tourism industry. According to the report, both country's tourism ministers have contacted each other and are "deeply indignant" in regards to how the area is portrayed.
While it's easy to see the country's point of view - who wants to visit an area overrun with crime? - even the most minor research will tell you that the Triple Frontier is not a place for tourists. The area has been a hotbed for organized crime and Islamic terrorist groups for years now and is so far away from cities like Buenos Aires and Asunción that it shouldn't really affect anyone's plans for a South American getaway. To be blunt, anyone who purposely travels to the Triple Frontier knows exactly what's going on there.
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