Forest Whitaker is in final negotiations to reteam with Fox Searchlight for The Night Watchman.

The film is based on an original idea by James Ellroy; it centers on a veteran LAPD cop (Keanu Reeves) who turns to alcohol after the death of his wife, says The Hollywood Reporter. The cop is forced to go up against his longtime mentor (Whitaker) when he is implicated in the execution of a fellow officer.

David Ayer is directing The Night Watchman; no production schedule has been announced.