Street Kings (originally titled The Night Watchman
) has had Spike Lee and Oliver Stone attached to direct in the past but eventually landed with the writer of Training Day
. The script is co-authored by written by modern crime writing great James Ellroy (L.A. Confidential and The Black Dahlia).
Set on the mean streets of LA, this hardnosed crime drama stars Keanu Reeves as Tom Ludlow, an LAPD veteran. Ludlow's life becomes cheerless and dark after the death of his beloved wife. After being framed for murder by those close to him, he is forced to go up against corrupt cop culture. Getting entangled as he tries to prove his innocence, Ludlow tries to find meaning in a world that is increasingly controlled by outside forces.