Briefly: The film 2 Guns is one of the most recent films to line up Mark Wahlberg as a lead actor. The movie is about two undercover law officers who end up investigating each other, with each failing to realize that the other is a lawman. There was a point when Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn were going to be in the film, and David O. Russell was once set to direct.

Now Baltasar Kormakur, who directed the film Contraband (trailer here), a remake which also stars Wahlberg, will make the movie. Read More »

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Let’s quickly trace the evolution of 2 Guns, which is intended as an action film in which two undercover law officers end up investigating each other, both failing to realize that the other is a lawman, with mob money and the CIA wrapped up in the tale.

2 Guns is based on a comic written by Steven Grant with art by Mat Santolouco, and originally had a script by Blake Masters. When mentioned a while ago it was a possible vehicle to re-team Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn. Owen Wilson dropped out, and David O. Russell came on to rewrite and possibly direct. But Russell is out now, as is Vince Vaughn. Now the only talent attached to the story is Mark Wahlberg. Read More »

Briefly: Is the success of The Fighter going to lead to a packed film slate for David O. Russell? I hope so, and there are probably some that hope the success of the film will mean he won’t direct Uncharted, with Mark Wahlberg playing the lead character Drake. But I don’t really want to reopen that conversation right now, because there’s a report about a possible new project for Mr. Russell. He’s now in talks to rewrite and direct 2 Guns, which has Vince Vaughn set to star. Owen Wilson was also attached as recently as last October to the story of “an undercover DEA agent and naval intelligence officer who, without knowing it, are investigating each other for stealing money from the mob.”

So: questions. What happened to Owen Wilson? And does this mean the death of Old St. Louis, the other film that David O. Russell and Vince Vaughn were talking about doing last year? No answer to either at this point, but this is an interesting notion. I can easily imagine how the director might take a fluffy action comedy two-hander and turn it into something a bit more weighty, but still entertaining. Let’s see where this goes. [Deadline]

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Their chemistry in the 2005 film Wedding Crashers helped make it a smash hit and now, Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson might reteam for 2 Guns, an action comedy about two lawmen assigned to rob a bank together, neither realizing they’re both actually good guys undercover. The script was written by Blake Masters, the man behind the Showtime series Brotherhood which starred Jason Issacs and Jason Clarke. It’s being developed by Universal and while Vaughn is attached, Wilson is just circling. Hit the jump for more info. Read More »

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