Russell Crowe to direct cop movie?
Published 26/04/2011 | 14:28
Russell Crowe is said to be "seriously interested" in making 70's cop drama 77 as his directorial debut.
Deadline.com reports the Oscar-winning Australian actor would also star in the film scripted by David Matthews from a story by James Ellroy, who wrote LA Confidential, the film which gave Russell his Hollywood breakthrough.
77 charts two events from 1974 through the eyes of two police partners, one black and one white. The movie links together an unsolved murder of an LAPD officer, and the nationally televised shootout in Los Angeles between the Symbionese Liberation Army and the LAPD, where 50,000 rounds of gunfire were exchanged.
Russell, who is apparently awaiting to see a rewrite of the script, has been looking at projects to make his directing debut for some time.
The Gladiator star was initially looking at Bra Boys, a docudrama about a famous group of outlaw surfers in Australia.
He has also been linked to the Australia-based WWII drama The Long Green Shore, based on the novel by John Hepworth.