EXCLUSIVE: Crazy Heart writer-director Scott Cooper has been tapped to rewrite and helm 36th Precinct, the 2004 French movie directed by Olivier Marchal. Thunder Road optioned remake rights from French producer Gaumont, which made the original thriller. That pic starred Gerard Depardieu and Daniel Auteuil and centered on rival Paris cops who ruthlessly seek a coveted promotion and blur the lines between the police and the criminals they’re supposed to catch in the process. I’m hearing the updated version will be set in the NYPD’s anti-terrorism unit. Thunder Road boss Basil Iwanyk will produce the new pic along with Cooper, with Marchal and Thunder Road’s Peter Lawson exec producing. Marchal also helmed Gang Story, the 2011 French pic that Thunder Road also is developing, with Safe House helmer Daniel Espinosa attached to direct, Liam Neeson attached to star, and David Scarpa writing the script.

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Scott is writing, directing and producing Creek, the adaptation of the Michael Armour Depression-era novel The Road Home, which Warner Bros picked up for Leonardo DiCaprio’s Appian Way as a star vehicle for DiCaprio. The filmmaker already finished up Out Of The Furnace, the revenge thriller that originally was a Brad Ingelsby spec that DiCaprio intended to star in for Ridley Scott. Cooper rewrote it, and it was made by Relativity Media as a co-production between Appian and Scott Free with Christian Bale, Woody Harrelson, Casey Affleck and Zoe Saldana starring.

Cooper and Thunder Road are repped by CAA.