Mark Wahlberg and Rupert Wyatt Take a Chance on THE GAMBLER at Paramount; Wyatt Unofficially Endorsed by J.J. Abrams to Direct STAR TREK 3

     September 11, 2013

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Paramount’s remake of Karel Reisz’s 1974 film The Gambler had previously courted director Martin Scorsese and star Leonardo DiCaprio.  When Scorsese left, Todd Phillips (The Hangover) was in talks to direct.  Now, it looks as if Rupert Wyatt (Rise of the Planet of the Apes) could be sitting in the captain’s chair while Mark Wahlberg (2 Guns) could land the role originally played by James Caan.  While no offer is officially on the table, the studio is keen to keep Wyatt involved, including the possibility of him helming Star Trek 3 even if The Gambler doesn’t work out.  Hit the jump for more.

rupert wyattAs The Wrap reports, Wyatt and Wahlberg are looking to team up on The Gambler remake at Paramount.  The original film was the first feature written by James Toback, who is reportedly rather vocal about his opposition to a remake, in part because it was an autobiographical tale.  This version, scripted by William Monahan, is a “crime drama [that] follows a literature professor whose gambling addiction lands him in hot water with his girlfriend, his mother and some unsavory gangsters.”  Pairing with Monahan has worked well for Wahlberg before as his performance in the Monahan-scripted The Departed earned him an Oscar nod.

Wyatt, meanwhile, might not land The Gambler, but was apparently endorsed for the director’s chair of Star Trek 3 by none other than J.J. Abrams during a recent Star Trek Into Darkness event.  This backs up news we posted about a month ago that had Wyatt among the frontrunners to take over the franchise.  For more on what Abrams and star Simon Pegg think about a new director taking over for Star Trek 3, check out our recent interview with the pair.

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