Back when Mark Wahlberg was scaring the crap out of people with his intense turns in Fear and The Basketball Diaries, did you ever think he’d turn out to be a major comedy star?
Well believe it or not, Wahlberg’s comedies do pretty well (think Ted and The Other Guys), and he just signed on for one more at Paramount titled INSTANT FAMILY, the Tracking Board has confirmed.
The story follows a couple who decide to start a family and adopt through the foster-care system, only to find themselves raising three wild kids who have no interest in being parented.
The family comedy reunites Wahlberg with director Sean Anders, who worked with the actor on Daddy’s Home and the upcoming sequel, which hits theaters in November. For what it’s worth, I hear it’s better than the first film, which was a guilty pleasure of sorts.
Anders wrote the script with his Daddy’s Home collaborator Brian Burns, and the duo will produce Instant Family alongside Wahlberg and Steve Levinson. As with Daddy’s Home, Paramount is fast-tracking the project, with production slated to start early next year. Frankly, I wouldn’t be surprised if it’s released in theaters in time for Christmas 2018.
In addition to Daddy’s Home 2, Wahlberg next stars in Ridley Scott’s kidnapping drama All the Money in the World. He’s represented by WME, which packaged the project, and Leverage. Elsewhere, Anders is repped by UTA and Mosaic, while CAA reps Burns. The Hollywood Reporter broke the news.
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