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Mark Wahlberg Joins Buddy Cop Romance Action Movie Hybrid 'Partners'

Mark Wahlberg already has some experience with the buddy cop genre, having previously starred alongside Will Ferrell in Adam McKay's fantastic action-comedy The Other Guys. Well, now he's ready to head back to the formula, as he has just signed on to Partners - a buddy cop comedy movie with a bit of a gender twist.

Deadline has the scoop on this developing project, noting that it's in development over at New Line, and is based on a script by Evan Lerner - a first time screenwriter whose only credits to date are as a producer on Journey To The Center of the Earth and Journey 2: The Mysterious Island. Rather than pairing Mark Wahlberg with another male partner, the movie will instead put a female cop by the Ted star's side solving a case.

According to the report, Mark Wahlberg will star in Partners as an LAPD detective who winds up falling in love with a mysterious woman with whom he had a one-night stand. What he doesn't know, however, is that this woman is both an FBI agent and his new boss - as she has been assigned to work with him on what's simply described as "a high-profile case." It's noted in the trade report that the studio is looking to create something with the vibe of Doug Liman's Mr. and Mrs. Smith, and the idea is to pack it with all kinds of big action set pieces.

On paper, this project sounds slightly generic and stupid, but that could easily change with the addition of two yet-to-be-named players: the director, and the female co-star. If the script could lure one of the top tier comedy directors - like Nicholas Stoller or Paul Feig - and one of the many funny women in Hollywood - like Elizabeth Banks or Kristen Wiig - and a less-than-stellar idea can be injected with an important creative spark. There exists a degree of potential in this movie, and it would be nice to see it explored.

This project is still in very early stages, but given Mark Wahlberg's upcoming slate it makes sense that it's not immediately coming together. After releasing Ted 2 earlier this summer, we won't see the actor on the big screen until the December comedy Daddy's Home - but he's currently working his way through a slate of upcoming projects. He is currently filming the Peter Berg-directed thriller Deepwater Horizon, and is scheduled to once again reunite with the director for the action flick Mile 22. He is also attached to star in the Boston Marathon bombing movie Patriots' Day, which may get fast-tracked soon due to the number of other similarly themed movies in the works. We'll keep you updated as more details about Partners become available.

Eric Eisenberg
Eric Eisenberg

NJ native who calls LA home; lives in a Dreamatorium. A decade-plus CinemaBlend veteran; endlessly enthusiastic about the career he’s dreamt of since seventh grade.