Posted on Tuesday, July 30th, 2013 by Angie Han
One of the many projects that David O. Russell’s attached himself to and then detached himself from over the past several years is 2 Guns, an adaptation of a graphic novel by Steven Grant. He originally had Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson in mind for the lead roles, as two undercover federal agents who don’t realize the other is a lawman.
The picture fell into Baltasar Kormákur‘s hands after Russell left, with Mark Wahlberg and Denzel Washington starring. While Kormákur’s version doesn’t look quite as hilarious as Russell’s sounded, it’s retained an appealing streak of buddy-comedy humor that sets it apart from the other grim, gritty thrillers at the multiplex.
The film opens later this week, and Universal is making one last push with a final red-band trailer. Watch it after the jump.
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2 Guns obviously isn’t a thriller, because it gives up the basic mystery right off the bat: apparent bank robbers Bobby (Denzel Washington) and Marcus (Mark Wahlberg) are really undercover agents, each of which doesn’t realize the other is also a lawman. Forced to team up after being disavowed in the wake of a messy operation, the two get into the sort of comedic action shenanigans that powered the mid-’80s career of Mel Gibson.
Director Baltasar Kormakur worked with Wahlberg on Contraband. (Which remade Reykjavik-Rotterdam, in which Kormakur starred.) This trailer suggests something a bit more fun, as it displays what seems like a deep love (or an abiding envy) for the films of Shane Black. It also suggests real silliness, as evidenced by what could be a very entertaining appearance from Bill Paxton, who drawls lines like “have I properly incentivized you?”
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Three Universal Pictures comic book adaptations are getting shifted around the release schedule.
- R.I.P.D. will still be released on July 19, but now it’s officially in 3D.
- Kick-Ass 2 moves back from June 28 to August 16
- 2 Guns moves up from August 16 to August 2.
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Posted on Friday, January 25th, 2013 by Angie Han
Mark Wahlberg and Denzel Washington have each done their fair share of action thrillers, but they’re only now teaming up for the first time in 2 Guns. Directed by Baltasar Kormakur based on the graphic novel by Steven Grant, the film follows a DEA agent and an undercover naval intelligence agent who are investigating each other.
An earlier incarnation of the project had David O. Russell looking to direct with Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson in the lead roles, but now that the more comedic trio has been replaced by Kormakur, Wahlberg, and Washington, the movie looks like a straightforwardly gritty affair. Check out the first image after the jump.
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Posted on Wednesday, August 15th, 2012 by Angie Han
2013 won’t even start for another four months, and Universal’s already shaking it up. The studio just announced a slew of scheduling changes for next year, some minor and some not so minor.
The most significant shift is the one for Carl Erik Rinsch‘s 47 Ronin, which you may recall was originally scheduled to open this fall before Universal moved it into February 8, 2013. Now it’s moving yet again, to Christmas 2013. It’s well known that the 3D samurai epic has suffered its share of behind-the-scenes issues, so the ten-month delay can’t help but raise a few eyebrows. On the other hand, studios tend to reserve those ultra-competitive year-end slots for their most promising titles.
Also set for new dates are Jurassic Park 3D, Identity Theft, R.I.P.D., 2 Guns, Oblivion, Rush, and more. Hit the jump for details.
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Mark Wahlberg‘s 2 Guns might have just gotten a huge boost in the person of Denzel Washington. Deadline reports the Oscar-winner, whose latest action film Safe House opens this week, is in talks to join the Baltasar Kormakur-directed film, based on a graphic novel by Steven Grant. 2 Guns sounds like a cousin of The Departed as it’s about an undercover Navel intelligence officer and DEA agent who are both investigating each other. Read more after the jump. Read More »
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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 »
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 »