Pride and Glory is an upcoming 2008 American crime drama film directed by Gavin O'Connor and starring Edward Norton and Colin Farrell. Pride and Glory was originally slated for released on March 14, 2008, but this date was scrapped by New Line Cinema, and the film is now scheduled to be released on October 24, 2008.
Ray Tierney (Norton) is a New York police officer
who is part of a multi-generational police family. Tierney investigates a troublesome case that involves his older brother and brother-in-law, compelling the family to choose sides between their blood and the New York Police Department
The film also features Shea Whigham; Frank Grillo and John Ortiz as a police officers; Manny Perez; Lake Bell; Rick Gonzalez; Christina Cabot; and Declan Quinn. Quinn said the biggest challenge was "[trying] to find a fresh way to do a police drama where it feels real and not like something we've seen a hundred times before.
Director Gavin O'Connor
and his brother Gregory began writing the film with New York City police officer
Robert A. Hopes in 1999 after the completion Tumbleweeds
. The brothers, whose father was a police officer, were given "rare" access to the police department and its officers. Gavin O'Connor described their intent: "My father was a New York City detective, and I grew up in that world. It's a celebration of honest cops, which was everything my father was about. Though it is fictional, it is an homage to my father." They also hoped to create a film which evoked those of the 1970s
, using corruption in the police force as a metaphor for wider institutional corruption. The script was optioned in June 2000 by Fine Line Features
, a subdivision of New Line Cinema
, and Joe Carnahan
was hired to rewrite the script. Production on the film was expected to begin later in 2000, with Gavin O'Connor directing and Gregory O'Connor producing.
In 2001, the project was subject to a turnaround deal which saw the rights ceded to Intermedia. Production was expected to start in February 2002 in New York City, and Mark Wahlberg and Hugh Jackman were in talks to star. The film's development was subject to further delays until 2005. Carnahan cited the September 11, 2001 attacks as the primary reason for the delay: "There was a moment after 9/11 where the notion of doing what might be deemed an anti-cop film, particularly an attack of the NYPD, would be grounds for hanging.
In September 2005, the rights were once more with New Line. Production president Toby Emmerich had been a fan of the script for several years, and the studio entered negotiations with Edward Norton, Colin Farrell and Noah Emmerich to star. Production was set to begin in New York City in January 2006, though principal photography did not begin until the following month.
Pride and Glory
was set for release on March 14 2008
, and trailers for the film appeared with showings of No Country for Old Men
and American Gangster
. In January 2008, New Line announced that it was pushing back the release until 2009, citing both Edward Norton and Colin Farrell's 2008 releases of The Incredible Hulk
and In Bruges
respectively. The studio has not commented further on the delay, which angered O'Connor. He blamed internal New Line politics for the delay, specifically chairman Bob Shaye
, saying, "I don't think [Shaye] believes in it, and he's decided he'll only release [sure bet] films. He never had the decency to call me." O'Connor has said he will withhold delivery of his next script for New Line, Warrior
, until he discovers Pride and Glory
's fate, and has also looked at the possibility of taking the film to another studio. In February 2008, he held a screening at the headquarters of talent agency CAA
in order to publicize that the film may need a new distributor.
The filmmakers and stars are keen to provoke Shaye into showing the courage of his previous gambles, such as Se7en and American History X, and are publicly voicing their concerns in order to convince the film industry that they haven't made an unreleasable film. O'Connor said of the situation, "We've delivered something special and unique, a film that's not for everybody but has something to say. We're all heartbroken." Edward Norton blamed a wider industry "paralysis" for the problems, rather than New Line: "We're a victim of the moment, and I just hope they will either find a way to give the film its due or graciously let us do it with someone else." Colin Farrell said he believed in the film and called the situation "bizarre".