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Mark Wahlberg & Peter Berg Reteaming For 'American Desperado'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 27, 2013 5:12 PM
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So, you might not remember this, but a few years ago, David O. Russell and Mark Wahlberg were looking to make a feature adaptation of the critically acclaimed documentary "Cocaine Cowboys." The 2006 film centered on the notorious '70s drug dealer Jon Roberts who moved from New York, where he was involved in gangland takeovers of the city's nightclubs, to Miami, where he was set up with a powerful drug cartel. And it seemed like the Russell/Wahlberg project was really coming along. "We’ve the rights of those guys, Jon Roberts and Mickey Munday, and set it at Paramount as well. Evan Wright did a pass on the script and will have somebody else doing another," Walhberg said at the time. But the filmmaker and actor fell out, with both moving on to other separate things, but it seems Wahlberg really wants to make the movie about this story.

'The Departed' Writer William Monahan To Pen Adaptation Of John Le Carré's 'A Delicate Truth'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 25, 2013 10:40 AM
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It has been a pretty good decade or so for John le Carré fans looking for the spymaster's works on the big screen. The 2000s have seen "The Tailor Of Panama," "The Constant Gardner" and "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy" hit theaters, with both "A Most Wanted Man" and "Our Kind Of Traitor" in post, while "Smiley's People" continues in development. And now, yet another work by the author is making its way to the multiplex.

William Monahan Developing '60s-Set TV Series 'Crime' With Starz

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • January 3, 2013 2:26 PM
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With the disappearance of studio-backed mid-level dramas, many filmmakers have fled to the open arms of cable television. The latest transplant to the small screen is “The Departed” screenwriter William Monahan with the British period-drama “Crime.”

Todd Phillips Replaces Martin Scorsese As Director Of 'The Gambler'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • August 20, 2012 6:59 PM
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It appears director Todd Phillips is about to get serious for the first time after he's done with his upcoming comedy trilogy. In a surprise announcement, and what will be the first dramatic feature-length effort of his career, THR is reporting that Phillips is taking over "The Gambler" from Martin Scorsese and will make it his first post-"The Hangover Part III" project.

William Monahan Reveals His Idea For A 'Departed' Sequel & Says 'Gambler' Remake Will Change Setting

  • By Simon Dang
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  • October 18, 2011 2:20 AM
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U.S. Trailer For 'London Boulevard' Arrives; Also Says He'll Channel Frank Miller For 'Sin City 2'Despite only five films next to his name, William Monahan is one of the most renowned writers in Hollywood. After taking home the Oscar for his screenplay for Martin Scorsese's "The Departed" half a decade a ago, Monahan now has his hands on more projects than you can shake a stick at. He recently spoke at length to Collider about his upcoming slate namely the long-gestating, much-talked-about sequel to Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez's "Sin City," which he recently came on board to rewrite.

'The Departed' Writer William Monahan Takes On 'Sin City 2'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 29, 2011 11:37 AM
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The grim world of "Sin City" is getting a visit from some classy Oscar level talent.

Karl Gajdusek To Rewrite William Monahan's Script For Joseph Kosinski's 'Horizons' (aka 'Oblivion')

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 16, 2011 7:08 AM
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Even though "Tron: Legacy" underperformed and was met with a collective shrug from both fanboys and critics alike, Disney still wants to be in the Joseph Kosinski business and he's got a property they think will make them a mint. His graphic novel "Oblivion" was picked up by Disney a while ago and last fall "The Departed" scribe William Monahan was tasked with writing the script. Well, spring is around the corner and there is new movement on the project.

Review: 'London Boulevard' A Miscast Mess

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • December 13, 2010 4:00 AM
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It's quite rare for a screenwriter to become something of a brand name, particularly with fewer than half a dozen produced credits, and, while William Monahan may not mean a huge amount to the general public, his is a name that tends to make film geeks prick up their ears. In the decade since he worked on the aborted project "Tripoli" with Ridley Scott, Monahan's become one of the most in-demand writers around. Scott may have botched his excellent crusades script "Kingdom of Heaven" by casting Orlando Bloom in the lead, but the writer can't have minded too much, as only a year later he was picking up an Academy Award for his work on Martin Scorsese's "The Departed."

Rumor Control: William Monahan's Never Heard Of 'Once Were Cops,' 'Pacific Rim' Still Not 'Godzilla'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • November 22, 2010 2:21 AM
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It seems like only yesterday we were talking about the reporting of wishlists, and the problems therein. In fact, it was Friday, but some more evidence turned up over the weekend as to why people should sometimes hold fire before pressing 'Publish.'

William Monahan & David Michôd On Shortlist For Irish-American Cop-Drama 'Once Were Cops'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • November 18, 2010 1:54 AM
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We're continually gobsmacked at the rate stories regarding offers and shortlists are coming in -- predominantly because many of them eventuate to little -- but, nevertheless, it's now being reported that Oscar-winning scribe William Monahan and Australian helmer David Michôd are currently topping a shortlist to helm an upcoming adaptation of Ken Bruen's Irish-American cop-drama "Once Were Cops."

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