By: James Silverwolfe
Mark Wahlberg and Rupert Wyatt are both circling the remake of THE GAMBLER. The story centers on Axel Freed, a university professor with a serious gambling addiction, who owes his bookies a large sum of money. Unable to pay, they grow impatient, and when Freed finally scraps enough money together, he decides to keep it and gamble it all away. Wahlberg would play Axel while Wyatt would direct. It should be noted that “circling” a project falls just below “in talks” and just above being “eyed” for a role. Also it’s Hollywood, maybe Justin Beiber will take the role in the eleventh hour.
Screenwriter William Monahan has had experiences with remakes before with “The Departed” and soon the remake of “Sympathy for Lady Vengeance.” Producing will be Irwin Winkler, Robert Chartoff and Stephen Levinson.
Wahlberg was last in this summer’s “Pain And Gain” and will next appear in “Lone Survivor” and “Transformers: Age of Extinction.” Wyatt last directed “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” and is currently attached to direct “Birdsong,” which he also wrote.
Wahlberg and Wyatt are repped by WME.