Open Road Films has today announced details of its forthcoming thriller, Sleepless Night, which is set to include The Amazing Spider-Man 2‘s Jamie Foxx and True Detective star Michelle Monaghan in leading roles. A loose re-telling of Frederic Jardin’s French film Nuit Blanche, the Americanized take will shift the focus to the shimmering deserts and illuminated sidewalks of Las Vegas.
At the helm is German filmmaker Baran Bo Odar, who will make his English language debut with this corrupt law enforcement caper. As previously mentioned, Sleepless Night will re-invent Jardin’s original film, and focus on Foxx’s shifty Las Vegas cop. He finds himself under the gun when a crew of gangsters kidnap his son for a hefty ransom… after he stole a cocaine shipment from them. Eager to retrieve his boy, he must contend with the mobsters who don’t know he’s actually lost the blow and must also deal with Monaghan’s Internal Affairs officer.
That brief synopsis indicates that there’s a couple of solid roles here for both leading actors. While it doesn’t seem to stray too far from convention (it’d be nice to see Monaghan as the crooked cop, and Foxx as the IA agent), the film might have a few tricks up its sleeve. With a screenplay by World Trade Center scribe Andrea Berloff that Open Road CEO Tom Ortenberg dubbed a “sharp script,” it might be worth keeping one eye open for Sleepless Night.
SLEEPLESS NIGHT is the story of Vincent Downs (Jamie Foxx), a seemingly corrupt Las Vegas cop. When gangsters kidnap his son as ransom for a shipment of cocaine he stole, Downs races to save his son’s life without getting caught by Internal Affairs and before the mobsters discover that he’s actually lost the goods. Monaghan plays officer Jennifer Bryant, an Internal Affairs agent investigating Downs who ultimately has to decide which side of the law he’s on.