Mark Wahlberg to topline 'Reykjavik'
Working Title to remake Icelandic thriller
The actor has come on board to star in "Reykjavik-Rotterdam," a remake of an Icelandic thriller that has been set up at Working Title.
Aaron Guzikowski, the WME- and Madhouse-repped writer behind Alcon and Warner Bros.' thriller "Prisoners," is penning the script, and Baltasar Kormakur, the WME-repped Icelandic auteur who produced and starred in the original, is attached to helm the English-language redo.
Kormakur controls all remake rights to "Reykjavik."
The plot centers on a security guard and former alcohol smuggler on the Iceland-Netherlands route who is tempted back into illicit business by a dubious friend after encountering financial problems. The original, which Oskar Jonasson directed, is Iceland's submission for this year's foreign-language Oscar race and won five of that country's film awards.
The English version likely will be relocated to other places, filmmakers said.
Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner are producing for Working Title.
Stephen Levinson ("Entourage") is producing via his Leverage banner while Working Title's Liza Chasin and Evan Hayes are overseeing the project.
Kormakur's Icelandic thriller "Jar City" is set up as an English-language project at Overture, with Kormakur on board to produce.
Wahlberg and Guzikowski nearly worked together on "Prisoners," in which the actor was attached to star before producers decided to reconfigure the package without cast. That project, based on Guzikowski's spec, centers on a small-town man who takes matters into his own hands after his daughter is kidnapped.
The WME- and Leverage-repped Wahlberg next appears in Peter Jackson's supernatural drama "The Lovely Bones" and the Shawn Levy romantic comedy "Date Night."
Working Title has several projects in active development and is behind "A Serious Man," the Coen brothers' latest release.