MARK WAHLBERG SIGNS ON TO PRODUCE AND POTENTIALLY STAR IN 2 BIG BLOCKBUSTERS!

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’s future is looking busy, and full of blockbuster potential… not that he needed it. We’ve just learned exclusively that Wahlberg has added two potential blockbusters (and 1 potential franchise-starter) to his fast-expanding slate of in . One story, Variety managed to break before we did, and that is for the upcoming adaptation of the Robert Cooley novel . The second story, we’re breaking the exclusive now on, is that Wahlberg is also on board to produce and potentially star in the remake of the 1971 action film BILLY JACK. But, let’s go one at a time here…

Wahlberg has signed on to both as a , and is expected to star in both (albeit with his approval of the ). So, what are the ?

is a crime thriller adapted by writer Frank Baldwin. The story centers on a scrappy lawyer from Chicago’s South Side who rises to be a trusted attorney for the Outfit–the mob that controls the city through an elaborate web of bribery, voterigging and violence–until he turns state’s witness and brings the whole corrupt system to its knees.

Wahlberg as a lawyer with an iron fist… I could get behind that for sure.

BILLY JACK is much more of a straight actioner, that spills over with franchise potential. The original 1971 film, from director T.C Frank, centered on title character “Billy Jack” and ex-green beret with a penchant for settling matters with his fists, who traveled the American countryside as a sort of post-war vigilante. Think of it almost as “Rambo: First Blood”… before Rambo existed.

Wahlberg as an ex-green beret with an iron fist… I could definitely get behind that.

‘Jack’ was previously set up in 2002 with a 7-figure deal for writer John Fusco, and with Keanu Reeves on board to star, with Dreamworks circling. However even with the revolving door of Basil Iwanyk, Danny DeVito and Erwin Stoff, the project never found life. Jump to the 2008 bankruptcy of Intermedia Films, and the remake rights floated around searching for a new home. Enter Wahlberg, and now we have a potential Summer blockbuster on our hands.

‘King’ has a and all previous creatives on ‘Jack’ (writer John Fusco, director Peter Care) have been scrapped in favor of starting from scratch. ‘Jack’ is currently a hot , that will be developed around Wahlberg.

Wahlberg, fast becoming the busiest man in Hollywood, is repped by and Leverage .

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