As excellent buzz surrounds his new movie The Fighter (our review here), producer/star Mark Wahlberg is hoping he can channel that success into leverage for getting some passion projects made. Earlier this week, it was announced that he will reunite with The Fighter director David O. Russell to star in the film version of the video game “Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune.” But Wahlberg tells MTV he has his eye on a new project called Broken City. More info on the project after the jump.
The script for Broken City landed on the Black List, a list of the best unproduced screenplays in Hollywood compiled by assistants, coverage readers – basically people who read a TON of screenplays per year. The Playlist has writers who have actually read the script already – I hate reading screenplays before movies come out, so I’ll leave it to them – and they have a brief summary of what the film is about:
A neo-noir as dark as night, it follows Billy Taggart, an ex-cop thrown off the force after shooting a 16-year-old kid. Eight years on, he’s working as a private detective, and is hired by the colorful incumbent in the New York mayoral race to investigate his wife’s infidelity.
They go on to say that despite the seemingly familiar plot synopsis, the script packs a punch and isn’t afraid to go to some unexpected places. Walhberg calls it “an amazing piece of material that should attract amazing talent…it’s in the vein of those old classics, Chinatown, even L.A. Confidential.”
Wahlberg said he’s aiming to start shooting at the end of 2011 with Allen Hughes directing. Hughes has been rather busy recently developing the live action remake of Akira with his brother Albert; the directing duo also put out this year’s The Book of Eli (our review here). It’ll be interesting to see if Wahlberg can use The Fighter to get this project made or if it will conflict with the Hughes’ filmmaking schedule with Akira.
What do you think about the potential of Broken City? I’m a huge fan of film noir and its many variations, so I’m cautiously optimistic about this one, which apparently takes some interesting turns toward the end. Let us know what you think in the comments section.