Russell Crowe To Direct Ellroy’s “77”

Russell Crowe is said to be seriously considering both starring in and making his feature directorial debut on the period cop drama “77” reports Deadline.

Based on a story by James Ellroy and a script by David Matthews, the story deals with the connection between two cases – the unsolved murder of an LAPD officer, and the nationally televised shootout in South Central L.A. between the Symbionese Liberation Army and the LAPD.

Events will be seen through the eyes of two police partners, one black and one white. Dick Wolf and Tony Ganz are producing.

Crowe is waiting on a re-write before making a decision. This marks the third project he has come close to potentially directing, the other two being the WWII drama “The Long Green Shore” and a narrative adaptation of the documentary “Bra Boys”.