Universal to Back CONTRABAND Starring Mark Wahlberg and Kate Beckinsale

     October 18, 2010

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Universal Pictures has stepped back in to finance Baltasar Kormakur’s Contraband starring Mark Wahlberg and Kate Beckinsale.  Deadline reports that Universal balked when the price tag on the film was $40 million.  Relativity Media stepped in, but encouraged the filmmakers to bring down the budget.  They got the cost down to $30 million and “when Relativity blinked, Universal swooped back in.”

Contraband is a remake of Óskar Jónasson’s 2008 Icelandic film Reykjavik-Rotterdam, which starred Kormakur as “a former smuggler trying to go straight as a night guard. When his wife’s brother (who got him the job) botches a smuggling run, his life threatened and the protagonist is dragged in for one more job.”  Reykjavik-Rotterdam won five Edda Awards (Iceland’s equivalent of the Oscar) including Best Director and Best Screenplay.

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