01/15/2002 AT 11:45 AM EST
Troubled actor Robert Downey Jr. is getting another shot, this time in a crime movie, reports Variety. Despite some industry-wide speculation that insurance problems would prevent his ever working on feature films again, Downey, 36, whose drug and other personal problems have been well chronicled, is in talks to star in "Six Bullets From Now," says the trade paper. The projected film is inspired by the events of New Year's Day 1972, when five gunmen stole more than $10 million in cash and jewels from the Pierre Hotel in New York City in broad daylight -- the biggest such heist in history. "Get Carter" director Stephen T. Kay will helm the $20 million project, slated to begin production in Montreal and New York this spring. Director Ridley Scott ("Gladiator," "Black Hawk Down") will produce, it was reported from the Sundance Film Festival. Downey was last seen on the big screen in Curtis Hanson's 2000 drama "Wonder Boys," for which he was nominated for a Supporting Actor Oscar. He followed that with a truncated stint on TV's "Ally McBeal," as attorney Larry Paul, the romantic interest of the lead character, played by Calista Flockhart. His job on the show came to an end last spring, when he once again was busted for drugs. On July 16, 2001, Downey pleaded no contest to the charges. The judge sentenced him to remain in rehabilitation for one year and to three years' probation. Meanwhile, on "Ally," Jon Bon Jovi, 39, surfaced on the show for the first time Monday night, debuting as Victor, Ally's blue-collar love interest. He's set to appear in nine episodes. As the rocker-turned-actor told the Associated Press, "Having never done television before, I asked Heather Locklear what TV was about. She said just know your lines and think of it like an independent movie -- block and shoot. They only have so many hours a day to get things done."