The first unofficial images of Denzel Washington, shiny of tooth and spiffy of hat, on the set of 2 Guns have made it to the Web. Based on the pulpy Steven Grant comic, it stars Washington as Trench (a DEA agent) and Mark Wahlberg as Steadman (a naval officer), who team up to rip off the mob. Neither realizes the other is undercover nor that they’re actually being set up to steal from the CIA. Wahlberg’s Contraband director Baltasar Kormakur is helming the pic, which is described (in the novel, at least) as “a light-hearted crime romp in the vein of Ocean’s Thirteen and The Italian Job.” The solid supporting cast includes Edward James Olmos as a villainous drug lord, Paula Patton as Washington’s fellow DEA agent and love interest, Bill Paxton as a high-ranking CIA operative and James Marsden as a naval commander. The script comes from Blake Masters (Showtime’s Brotherhood). Hit the jump to check out the pics.
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Director Baltasar Kormakur has found his villain for the graphic novel adaptation 2 Guns. The film stars Mark Wahlberg and Denzel Washington and centers on a DEA agent and an undercover naval intelligence officer who unknowingly investigate each other as each is stealing money from the mob. Variety reports that Commander Adama Edward James Olmos is in talks to play the film’s villain, a dangerous Mexican druglord who runs up against the two protagonists. Bill Paxton recently joined the cast as a high-ranking CIA operative and Paula Patton is set as a DEA agent who also happens to be Washington’s potential love interest.
Olmos is coming off a 10-episode stint on the most recent underwhelming season of the Showtime series Dexter. The graphic novel 2 Guns is described as a light-hearted crime story in the vein of Ocean’s Thirteen, but I’m guessing Kormakur’s version will be decidedly grittier.
It’s nice to see a down and dirty action movie, and Contraband offers a number of things that are fun. It’s got Mark Wahlberg in the lead, and a supporting cast that includes Kate Beckinsale, J.K. Simmons, Ben Foster, Giovanni Ribisi, and Lukas Hass. It’s got a no-nonsense plot about smuggling, and at least one good shootout. But it’s also imminently forgettable. Our review of the Blu-ray of Contraband follows after the jump.
Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg are poised to star opposite one very, very good-looking lady in the graphic novel adaptation 2 Guns. Deadline reports that Paula Patton (Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol) is in talks to join the cast of the actioner as Washington’s love interest (she previously appeared opposite Washington in Déjà Vu). Based on the graphic novel by Steven Grant, the film centers on a DEA agent and an undercover naval intelligence officer who unknowingly investigate each other as each is stealing money from the mob. Wahlberg’s Contraband director Baltasar Kormakur is onboard to direct from a script by Blake Masters.
Though I’m interested to see the chemistry between Wahlberg and Washington play out, I’m not exactly in love with the idea of another handheld, hard boiled actioner from Kormakur. The tone of the source material is quite playful and in the vein of Ocean’s Eleven, but it’s unknown how much of that will end up on screen. There’s plenty to be optimistic about (including Patton’s addition), so hopefully Kormakur will is planning a lighter tone and has a different visual style in mind. Hit the jump to read a synopsis for the graphic novel.
It’s not official yet, but Denzel Washington is considering starring in a movie not directed by Tony Scott. Deadline reports that Washington—who’s been on an action drama bent for the past few years—is in negotiations to star in the action pic 2 Guns. The film has been in development with Mark Wahlberg for quite some time, with David O. Russell circling the director’s chair at one point. Wahlberg’s Contraband director Baltasar Kormakur recently signed on to direct, and now production is moving forward as Washington seems poised to become Wahlberg’s co-star. Based on the graphic novel by Steven Grant, the film centers on a DEA agent and an undercover naval intelligence officer who unknowingly investigate each other as each is stealing money from the mob.
When Russell was onboard and working on the screenplay, he described it as a romantic western. There’s no word on what the current tone might be, but with the addition of Kormakur and now Washington, I’m guessing we’re in for another hard-boiled action thriller. Washington will next be seen in the actioner Safe House, but we’ll get to see him stretch his dramatic chops once again with Robert Zemeckis’ drama Flight. Hit the jump to read a synopsis for the graphic novel.
I have to say that I can’t wait to check out Steven Soderbergh‘s actioner Haywire. Everything I’ve seen from it thus far has looked great and the positivity pouring out from early reviews only supports my belief that the entire pic will deliver. Whether it be the stellar cast, the proclaimed breakout performance from Gina Carano, or Soderbergh’s top-notch action sequences, I fully expect to be talking about Haywire right here again next week in a little “Before & After” discussion. In the meantime…
…This week’s “Top 5″ brings you some new details regarding the long-gestating Star Wars live-action television series, Contraband interviews with Mark Wahlberg, Giovanni Ribisi, and more, the first official images from Jonathan Levine‘s (50/50) Warm Bodies, a “Cinemath” feature that analyzes the 2011 box office, and all of our coverage from the 2011 Television Critics Association (TCA) Winter Press Tour. Hit the jump for brief recaps and links to each.
There are so many ways to steal something, but when it comes to the big score, movies have kept their focus on elaborate heists. How are the criminals going to break into the vault? How will they escape? Couldn’t they put all of this effort into a job that doesn’t risk going to jail? These questions aside, the basic point remains: steal what you want and don’t get caught. But there are so many other ways to accomplish that. Baltasar Kormákur‘s Contraband is a fresh take on the theft genre (unless you’ve seen the original version, the 2008 Icelandic film Reykjavik-Rotterdam) by turning the attention to smuggling. However, the movie always feels torn between what’s safe and familiar and what’s daring and inventive.
Set in New Orleans, Contraband is Mark Whalberg’s new thriller about smuggling on container ships. He plays a blue-collar family man who’s sworn off his former life of crime, until his brother-in-law botches a drug deal and needs his help in order to repay the debt. Whalberg agrees to do one last job, running contraband from Panama on a container ship. Kate Beckinsale plays Whalberg’s wife, Ben Foster his best friend and business partner, and Giovanni Ribisi plays a New Orleans drug runner.
A remake of the Icelandic film Reykjavík-Rotterdam (2008), Contraband is directed by Baltasar Kormákur, who played the lead character in the original. At the press conference in New York, Kormákur spoke to a room of journalists about how the project came together, the choice of cinematographer Barry Ackroyd (The Hurt Locker), and his thoughts on the film’s moral ambiguity. Hit the jump for the interview.
It appears that Mark Wahlberg and director Baltasar Kormakur got along quite well while making the action pic Contraband, as the helmer is in negotiations to take over directing duties on Universal’s action pic 2 Guns which has Wahlberg attached to star. David O. Russell wrote the latest draft of the script, based on Steven Grant’s graphic novel, and was poised to direct before he dropped out. Now Variety reports that Universal has their sights set on Kormakur to take the reins. The plot centers on a DEA agent and an undercover naval intelligence officer who unknowingly investigate each other as each is stealing money from the mob. Russell previously described the project as a romantic western, but there’s no word on what alterations have been made since his exit. The graphic novel skews towards a more Ocean’s Eleven-style caper, but the tone could go either way. Hit the jump to read a synopsis of the graphic novel.
Ben Foster (The Messenger) and Giovanni Ribisi (Avatar) are in talks to join Mark Wahlberg and Kate Beckinsale in Contraband, the American remake of Iceland’s Reykjavik-Rotterdam. Wahlberg stars as a busted smuggler who becomes a security guard; in the face of financial troubles, he undertakes one last job.
According to Variety, Foster will play Wahlberg’s brother-in-law. No details yet on who Ribisi might play. (Any Icelanders have a guess?) Baltasar Kormákur, who produced, co-wrote, and starred in the 2008 original, will produce and direct the remake. Hit the jump for the official synopsis of Reykjavik-Rotterdam.
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.
Every day that goes by without an announced film featuring Kate Beckinsale is a day wasted. Thankfully, today is no such day, as Latino Review reports that Beckinsale will co-star with Mark Wahlbergh in Baltasar Kormakur’s remake of Reykjavik-Rotterdam, freshly titled Contraband. Komakur starred in and produced the original Icelandic 2009 foreign-language Oscar submission, and Aaron Guzikowski is penning the script. The original won five awards from its home country. Here is the logline from Latino Review: The plot centers on a security guard and former alcohol smuggler on the Iceland-Netherlands route who is tempted back into illicit business by a dubious friend after encountering financial problems. Contraband is setup at Working Title.
In his ongoing effort to make us forget he was in any films in 2008, Mark Wahlberg is in discussions to star in a remake of the award-winning Icelandic film, “Reykjavik-Rotterdam”. Winner of five Edda Awards (Iceland’s equivalent of an Oscar), the film is Iceland’s submission to the Academy to be one of the five films nominated for Best Foreign Film. According to THR, the story is about a security guard and former alcohol smuggler on the Iceland-Netherlands route who is tempted back into illicit business by a dubious friend after encountering financial problems. THR notes that the English version will probably relocate. I would like to note that in English version, they probably won’t be smuggling alcohol. Baltasar Kormakur, who produced and starred in the original, will direct the remake.