Fox Searchlight and New Regency will co-finance the drama, The Night Watchman starring Keanu Reeves.

The film is written by James Ellroy; David Ayer will direct and re-write the screenplay. Variety adds the script has evolved since Ellroy started on the LAPD tale right after the O.J. Simpson verdict and the L.A. riots. Reeves plays a cop who's always done what was needed to solve homicides and crack down on gang violence until he gets a wakeup call and decides he can no longer play the game that made him so effective.

Production on The Night Watchman begins April 30.