After Wolverine, James Mangold Likely To Direct Icelandic Drug Drama City State

By Sean O'Connell 2011-10-17 14:22:23discussion comments
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Walk the Line and Knight & Day director James Mangoldís currently immersed in pre-production on The Wolverine, the Marvel sequel he plans to shoot with Hugh Jackman in the lead. But the filmmaker is already thinking about his next inevitable project, and heís warming up to a foreign drug thriller titled City State that he hopes to develop and direct, according to Deadline.

Icelandic writer-director Olaf de Fleur Johannessonís original City State, released overseas earlier this year, follows four strangers occupying Icelandís criminal underworld who find their lives connected once a mafia syndicate moves in a tries to take over Icelandís drug trade. The characters in Johannessonís story include a dirty cop whoís romancing a prostitute; an aging kingpin with a serious ailment whoíd like to get out of the drug trade; a vengeful mechanic devastated by the death of his unborn child; and a female police officer who responds to an attack and decides its time to get in the game and possibly bring the quarrel to an end.

Add City State to the growing list of foreign films receiving American remakes. Off the top of my head, I can think of David Fincherís anticipated The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, the French action film Sleepless Night, the TIFF fan favorite The Raid, and the Argentinian thriller The Secret In Their Eyes.

Iím sure Iím forgetting others. And Iím not necessarily arguing this is a bad trend. These are excellent stories, and if they reach larger audiences thanks to American remakes, all the better. Iím more interested to see where Mangold goes with Wolverine, but if City State ends up being his follow-up project, Iím on board.
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