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Paramount Rolls Dice On Mark Wahlberg & 'Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes' Helmer Rupert Wyatt For 'The Gambler' Remake

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by Drew Taylor
September 11, 2013 4:20 PM
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While rumors of his involvement in the studio's still-gestating "Star Trek 3" continue to pick up steam, it looks like Paramount has something else in mind for "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" director Rupert Wyatt: a remake of their 1974 drama "The Gambler," this time starring Mark Wahlberg in the titular role originated by James Caan. Irwin Winkler, who produced the original, will be back performing similar duties for the remake, which was written by "The Departed's" William Monahan. Sounds like a pretty good bet to us.

James Toback, who wrote the original screenplay based on his real life addiction to gambling, has been outspoken when it comes to his displeasure with the remake. He claims to not have been consulted about the project, neither before nor after it was announced, and thinks a remake is a pretty terrible idea.

The remake was, at one point, thought of as a vehicle for Leonardo DiCaprio and director Martin Scorsese, although that plan fell by the wayside, with "The Hangover" director Todd Phillips eventually attached to direct. That too failed to materialize and the studio went looking elsewhere. Wyatt had yet to pick a project to follow up his smash "Rise of the Planet of the Apes," a redo/sequel that took virtually everyone by surprise (he was attached to the sequel but left, to be replaced by "Let Me In" director Matt Reeves). He's been attached to various projects, including "Agent 13" for Universal and "Night Film" for Chernin Entertainment, but it's unclear how far along those are in development.

The last time Wahlberg worked with Monahan was on his Oscar-winning "The Departed." Earlier this year he starred in Michael Bay's dark comedy "Pain & Gain," and he will soon be seen in this winter's potentially Oscar-y "Lone Survivor" and will re-team with the director Bay for next summer's hulking "Transformers: Age of Extinction." If things go forward with "The Hustler," Wahlberg would play a literature professor (snort) whose problem with gambling lands him in a sticky situation with both his girlfriend and some unsavory thugs.

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6 Comments

  • Webster Skyhorse | September 11, 2013 9:40 PMReply

    Paramount paging through its catalog, seeing what titles it can dust off and throw into the development pit of despair to justify expenses and renew/extend options with talent. Like this remake/reimagining/revisioning/update will have anywhere near the balls to take the character to the brink at the finale, with all its disturbing implications about class, ethnicity, masculinity, etc.

  • Webster Skyhorse | September 11, 2013 9:39 PMReply

    Paramount paging through its catalog, seeing what titles it can dust off and throw into the development pit of despair to justify expenses and renew/extend options with talent. Like this remake/reimagining/revisioning/update will have anywhere near the balls to take the character to the brink at the finale, with all its disturbing implications about class, ethnicity, masculinity, etc.

  • Webster Skyhorse | September 11, 2013 9:39 PMReply

    Paramount paging through its catalog, seeing what titles it can dust off and throw into the development pit of despair to justify expenses and renew/extend options with talent. Like this remake/reimagining/revisioning/update will have anywhere near the balls to take the character to the brink at the finale, with all its disturbing implications about class, ethnicity, masculinity, etc.

  • JaneTaylor02 | September 11, 2013 9:11 PMReply

    They shoulda kept Marty and Leo.

  • Barnaby Jones | September 11, 2013 8:42 PMReply

    "If things go forward with "The Hustler," Wahlberg would play a literature professor (snort) whose problem with gambling lands him in a sticky situation with both his girlfriend and some unsavory thugs." I thought it was called "The Gambler"?

  • bob | September 11, 2013 4:37 PMReply

    a little too much marky mark these days..while i think he could be good in this role...i'd rather see someone else like adrien brody or joaquin phoenix

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