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.
Variety has the scoop on Kormákur being in talks to helm 2 Guns. He would be working from a screenplay that was originally written by Law & Order: LA scriber Blake Masters - before Russell retooled that draft. There's no current indication that the screenplay is going to be reworked again, now that another filmmaker is being hired on (like what happened to Russell's Pride and Prejudice and Zombies script, following his departure from that project).
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.