It looks like Mark Wahlberg has found another director he gets along well with – besides David O. Russell, that is.
Icelandic filmmaker Baltasar Kormákur – who directed Wahlberg in the upcoming Contraband – is reportedly in the midst of negotiations to sign on as director for 2 Guns: a comic book adaptation that was on the verge of becoming Russell’s next writing/directing effort, earlier this year. The filmmaker eventually passed on the project to go work on The Silver Linings Playbook instead – long before Wahlberg became attached to 2 Guns, that is.
Here is an official description of writer Steve Grant’s original 2 Guns comic book:
A pulp story about cops and thieves and the men that are something in between. Trench has targeted a local bank to rob, and asked Steadman in on the job. Trench figures it’s a great way to score — considering it’s a cover for mob money. They’ll be thieves ripping off thieves. But what Steadman doesn’t know is that Trench is a DEA agent. And what Trench doesn’t know is that Steadman’s a Naval Intelligence officer. They’re both cops! And neither one knows that they’re not robbing the mob, they’ve been set up to steal $50 million from the CIA!
2 Guns has been described as a lightweight comical spin on heist/caper flicks like Ocean’s Eleven or The Italian Job. The Contraband trailer suggested that film will likewise be reminiscent of previous heist thrillers – like the Italian Job or Gone in Sixty Seconds remakes – so Kormákur’s possibly being hired on as director for 2 Guns makes all the more sense.
Early signs are that Contraband is a decent (if generic) thriller, but we won’t know for certain whether or not Kormákur being hired on for 2 Guns is a good thing – until his first joint effort with Wahlberg actually hits theaters. On the other hand, the comic book flick looks to feature Wahlberg playing a slightly more humorous variation on his standard “tough guy” screen persona (not quite as much as in The Other Guys, though) – so if you love watching the actor tackle those sorts of roles, then you’ll probably enjoy watching Wahlberg in 2 Guns.
Contraband arrives in U.S. theaters on January 13th, 2012.
We will continue to keep you posted on the status of 2 Guns as more information in released.