Mark Wahlberg Wants To Replace David O. Russell On 2 Guns With His Contraband Director
When the trailer for the new Mark Wahlberg thriller Contraband hit last Thursday, I was pretty sure this was going to be generic action thriller nonsense, a remake of an Icelandic film that probably seemed a lot more interesting in the original version. While the movie may still turn out that way-- it doesn't come out until January, so it'll be a while before we know for sure-- the movie's studio, Universal, is clearly a lot more confident. Variety reports that Universal wants to reteam with Contraband director Baltasar Kormakur and star Wahlberg for a new action movie title 2 Guns.
You may not be surprised to learn that the movie won't be all that different from Contraband-- the plot reported by Variety involves "a DEA agent and an undercover naval intelligence officer who unwittingly investigate each other as each steals mob money." As a matter of fact, it sounds a lot more like The Departed and the film it was based on, Infernal Affairs, in which a cop and a criminal unknowingly swap places to become moles in each others lives. Wahlberg got an Oscar nomination for his supporting role in The Departed, so I guess you can't blame him for wanting to mine similar material.
Even though Universal already has Koramkur on their team, he's been considering projects elsewhere, including Everest, the Sony project that Doug Liman recently joined, and he's also trying to get on board something called Viking for Working Title. And as it turns out, 2 Guns was originally going to be one of the many projects that Wahlberg and David O. Russell wanted to make together in the wake of The Fighter. Now Wahlberg seems to have found a new favorite director, and to be honest, one who seems way more suited to the material. Maybe there will be something to see when Contraband comes to theaters in January after all.
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