Mark Wahlberg and Allen Hughes’ BROKEN CITY Moves Forward
by Adam Chitwood Posted: June 27th, 2011Back in November, we reported that Mark Wahlberg expressed interest in doing a film with Allen Hughes called Broken City. He said that it was “an amazing piece of material” and he hoped to shoot the project towards the end of 2011. Well now Deadline reports that Wahlberg and Hughes are in talks to actually get the film made. Emmett/Furla Films will be financing a $60 million budget for the drama. Wahlberg will play an ex-cop turned private detective who is hired by the mayor to see if the mayor’s wife is cheating on him. When the wife’s lover ends up dead, the private detective becomes embroiled in the mayor’s scandalous affairs.
The script by Brian Tucker landed on the 2008 Black List, so it’s been in the works for a while. However, that 2011 start-date may not be the plan anymore, as the report states that both Wahlberg and Hughes’ reps stress that “this is early going.” Nevertheless, it’s nice to see that things are moving along for what sounds like an intriguing project. http://collider.com/mark-wahlberg-broken-city-allen-hughes-2/99020/
Casting Call: Ed Helms to Star in TRUE NORTH, Jodie Foster Wanted for R.I.P.D.?
by Adam Chitwood Posted: June 27th, 2011We’ve got a couple of casting stories for you this morning. First up, Jodie Foster is apparently being eyed to star in Robert Schwentke’s adaptation of the Dark Horse comic R.I.P.D. Bloody Disgusting reports that Universal is keen on casting the actress in the role of Proctor. The film stars Jeff Bridges and Ryan Reynolds as deceased lawmen who are a part of the “Rest In Piece Department,” a group that keeps things in line in the afterlife. Foster’s involvement has yet to be confirmed, and she’ll be shooting director Neill Blomkamp’s Elysium later this year so she may not be able to fit the film into her schedule. R.I.P.D. hits theaters on June 28th, 2013.
Additionally, Warner Bros. is developing a comedy vehicle called True North with Ed Helms attached to star. Variety reports that Brian Grazer is producing the film, which centers on a selfish talk show host who is put into a two-year coma following a plane crash. He awakens to find that his appearance has been surgically altered, and works to reconnect with his family and former life. The pitch came from Rob Pearlstein (Matumbo Goldberg). http://collider.com/ed-helms-true-north-jodie-foster-r-i-p-d/98947/