John Hillcoat blasted onto the scene with the now near-classic The Proposition in 2007, which he followed up with a strong adaptation of Cormac McCarthy’s The Road in 2009. He was a director of note, someone worth watching in the future.
But then that kind of stalled. This year’s dirty cop drama Triple 9 was decent, but not the kind of movie anyone really gets excited for (it currently has a 53% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes). Maybe that was enough for Hillcoat because he’s going back to the dirty cop well for his next project.
The Playlist reports that Hill will next take on Honor for Sale, the story of how 500 pounds of heroin (the French Connection heroin, actually) “disappeared” from police lockup over a number of years. So, you know, dirty cops galore. The film will be written by Harrison Query, based on Gerald E. Kelly’s Honor for Sale: The Darkest Chapter in the History of New York’s Finest.
This’ll be a period piece taking place from the late ’60s to the mid ‘70s. I imagine there will be lots of juicy roles for notable actors to fill, but given how little impact Hillcoat’s stacked Triple 9 cast had on the quality of that film (though Woody Harrelson and Kate Winslet certainly tried to offer something special), I wonder if it’ll matter much.