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Russell Crowe Wants to Make 77 His Directorial Debut


Russell Crowe Wants to Make 77 His Directorial Debut

Russell Crowe wants to make James Ellroy’s first original screenplay, ’77,’ his directorial debut, Slashfilm is reporting. While the film was put on hiatus by Paramount 10 years ago, and the David Matthews has been brought in to work on re-writes for the screenplay, Crowe is still interested in bringing Ellroy’s story to the big screen.

While no official details about Matthews’ re-writes have been released, when Ellroy was working on ’77,’ the story followed two events from May 1974. One event is the unsolved murder of Los Angeles police officer Mike Edwards. The other event is the televised shootout between the LAPD and the Symbionese Liberation Army. The movie will be told through the eyes of two police partners, one who is white and one who is black. Crowe, who has also expressed interest in playing the lead in the film, is reportedly waiting on Matthews’ finished screenplay before he commits to the project.

Written by: Karen Benardello

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As a life-long fan of entertainment, particularly films, television and music, and an endless passion for writing, Karen Benardello decided to combine the two for a career. She graduated from New York's LIU Post with a B.F.A in Journalism, Print and Electronic. While still attending college, Karen began writing for Shockya during the summer of 2007, when she began writing horror movie reviews. Since she began writing for Shockya, Karen has been promoted to the position of Senior Movies & Television Editor. Some of her duties in the position include interviewing filmmakers and musicians, producing posts on celebrity news and contributing reviews on albums and concerts. Some of her highlights include attending such festivals and conventions as the Tribeca Film Festival, the New York Film Festival, SXSW, Toronto After Dark, the Boston Film Festival and New York Comic-Con.

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