Russell Crowe is about to add director to his already impressive resume. The Academy Award winning actor isn't exactly new to directing; he is responsible for two documentary shorts made in 2002. This time, however, he will be helming a dramatic feature based on a documentary he previously narrated called Bra Boys. The original Bra Boys doc is about the surfer subculture in Australia; Crowe's film will focus on three brothers within the group who lead the movement. The film has not yet been written, but Stuart Beattie -- responsible for Collateral -- will be taking on scripting duties.
Universal and Imagine Entertainment will be producing the film and Variety has stated that it's currently unclear whether Crowe will play a role in the film. It's exciting witnessing strong actors -- with even stronger personalities -- moving behind the camera. Of course, it's always a gamble whether a phenomenal actor will turn into a phenomenal director or not. Jack Nicholson might be the king, but even he directed the Chinatown sequel flop The Two Jakes; maybe Crowe will turn out to be more like the next Clint Eastwood.