Russell Crowe plots directorial debut in cop drama

Crowe is keen to take the reins of period police drama '77'

Russell Crowe is set to make his directorial debut in a new crime drama, it has been revealed.

The Gladiator star is apparently seriously considering taking the reins in period cop movie 77, in which he would also star.

The script has been written by David Williams from a story by LA Confidential writer James Ellroy, according to Deadline.com. Producers on the project are Dick Wolf and Tony Ganz.

Crowe has apparently been keen to move into directing for years and he appears to have found his project. The drama concerns two incidents from 1974: the unsolved murder of an LAPD officer and the televised shootout between the Symbionese Liberation Army and the LAPD, during which 50,000 rounds of gunfire were exchanged.

The two events will be seen through the eyes of two police partners, one black and one white.