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James Mangold To Direct Remake Of Icelandic Thriller 'City State'

Photo of Kevin Jagernauth By Kevin Jagernauth | The Playlist October 17, 2011 at 5:11AM

Iceland, so hot right now? It would appear to be so. The upcoming Mark Wahlberg flick "Contraband" has its origins in the 2008 film "Reykjavik-Rotterdam," and now another thriller from the nation that gave us Bjork and Sigur Ros is getting the remake treatment.
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Iceland, so hot right now? It would appear to be so. The upcoming Mark Wahlberg flick "Contraband" has its origins in the 2008 film "Reykjavik-Rotterdam," and now another thriller from the nation that gave us Bjork and Sigur Ros is getting the remake treatment.

With "The Wolverine" now on hold until spring/summer 2012 so Hugh Jackman can hoof it in "Les Miserables," it appears that director James Mangold will try and get something in before his life gets taken over by the comic book franchise. Deadline reports that Mangold has signed on to take on "City State" a remake of Olaf de Fleur Johannesson's film that's not even out yet in his native land. No word yet if Mangold will take on writing duties as well, but the movie itself finds four overlapping story lines converging in a tale about the foreign mafia taking over the Icelandic drug trade. We presume the story will be relocated for Mangold's film, but it sounds like pretty pedestrian fare no matter how you slice it. Here's the IMDB plot summary:

When a foreign mafia decides to take control of the Icelandic drug market, a police woman lost in violence, a mechanic revenging for his lost son, a crime kingpin with a heart condition, a corrupt officer in love with a prostitute will destroy each other.

Apparently, this one is moving fast and being set up quickly, so perhaps this will be a return to Mangold's early days of low budget, no nonsense filmmaking like "Heavy" and "Cop Land." But we do hope there is a bit more depth to this story. Check out the trailer below.

City State Trailer #2 from Olaf de Fleur on Vimeo.

This article is related to: Films, James Mangold, City State


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