Paul Haggis Writing Romantic Drama ‘Third Person’

The “Crash” director describes the film as an ensemble about three couples around the globe

Last Updated: November 8, 2010 @ 5:40 PM

Two-time Academy Award-winning filmmaker Paul Haggis is currently working on an original screenplay titled "Third Person," reports the L.A. Times.

The film is described as an ensemble drama about three couples around the globe, and finds the "Crash" director moving his focus from race to romance.

Think Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's "Babel" meets Wong Kar-wai's "2046."

Haggis plans to make a serious film about modern relationships set against scenic locales, including New York and Rome. He'll be looking to develop each character (one of whom is a writer, hence the title) as much as possible, which is why he's keeping the storylines to a minimum, as opposed to the sprawling scope of "Crash."

Haggis hasn't taken the film to a studio yet, believing that he'll get better results working without the additional interference. The filmmaker prefers having his artistic freedom, and took a similar approach in developing his underrated Iraq drama "In the Valley of Elah."

Haggis recently signed on to adapt CBS Films' remake of "Cell 211," and he's also writing a take on the 1980s TV series "The Equalizer" for the studio.

Lionsgate is set to release Haggis' prison-break thriller "The Next Three Days" on Nov. 19.

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