Hany Abu-Assad, whose 2006 film Paradise Now was nominated for a Best Foreign Film Oscar, and who just won the Jury Prize at Cannes this year for his new effort, Omar, will be the latest to attempt a remake of Park Chan-Wook‘s first “vengeance” film, Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance.

The remake rights have been in the hands of a few companies over the past decade. Earlier this year a partnership between Silver Reel, Lotus Entertainment, di Bonaventura Pictures and CJ Entertainment set a new effort in motion, and it seems like the Brian Tucker (Broken City) script, commissioned by Warner Bros. in 2010, may still be in play. With a director on board, the next steps include casting, and actually getting the money together to make it happen. Read More »

What does a high-wattage star cast and a high-concept thriller premise do for you? Broken City, from Allen Hughes (one half of the Hughes Brothers) features Mark Wahlberg as a disgraced/retired cop hired by the NYC mayor (Russell Crowe) to find the man sleeping with the mayor’s wife (Catherine Zeta-Jones). When Wahlberg is successful at this task, he is drawn into a dangerous situation in which the mayor holds evidence of his past against him.

This first trailer for the film makes Broken City look like a pretty standard thriller that works just to leverage our knowledge of the cast. That said, all three of the leads look like they’re fully committed, and Crowe is a natural for this sort of heavy-handed politician. Does the script (by Brian Tucker) go deeper into ideas about what was done to clean up New York City in the Giuliani years, or does it just sit on the surface for thrills? Probably the former, but we’ll see what happens in January. Read More »

Since directing last year’s Salt, Phillip Noyce has been considering a number of different projects for his next move. There was the submarine drama Hunter Killer, which eventually went to Antoine Fuqua; the conservationist biopic Our Wild Life; the remake of Jean-Claude Van Damme’s Bloodsport; and the sci-fi romance Timeless, which just cast Liam Hemsworth in the lead. Now he’s attached to one more. Noyce has signed on to helm The Arrangement, a Mandate Pictures thriller by Brian Tucker (Broken City) which is basically Indecent Proposal with more racial subtext. Hit the jump for more details.

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Catherine Zeta-Jones has had a slow couple of years, but the Chicago actress stepping it up again. She recently wrapped three films — Lay the Favorite, Playing the Field, and Rock of Ages, all of which are due out next year — and has now landed one more. Zeta-Jones recently finalized a deal to star opposite Mark Wahlberg and Russell Crowe in Broken City, a noirish tale directed by Allen Hughes. The script, by Brian Tucker, revolves around a Brooklyn detective (Wahlberg) who’s hired by the mayor (Crowe) to find out if his wife (Zeta-Jones) is cheating on him. Then things take a turn for the Chinatown-esque as the wife’s lover ends up dead and a major conspiracy begins to unravel.

Zeta-Jones’ last high-profile project was 2007’s No Reservations, so it’s great to see her coming back to the big screen in full force. Broken City is scheduled to begin shooting next month in New York City. [Deadline]

After the jump, Warner Bros. turns to two rising TV stars for David Dobkin’s Arthur & Lancelot.

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John Singleton in Talks to Direct Tupac Shakur Biopic

It’s been some time since John Singleton made a movie that generated much excitement. (Though some Taylor Lautner fans might argue, thanks to this year’s Abduction.) But he has been looking at interesting movies in the past couple months. First he was mentioned as a possible director for Straight Outta Compton, the biopic of once-controversial rap group N.W.A — though it looks like that movie might go to Craig Brewer or another director.

But now Singleton is also being talked up as a potential director for the Tupac Shakur biopic that no one seems able to make. Antoine Fuqua was attached for some time, and production company Morgan Creek did some real work to keep him on the movie. But he couldn’t cast the lead, and Dreamworks dropped the picture, prompting Fuqua to move on to Hunter Killer. So can John Singleton succeed where Fuqua failed? Given that Singleton is one of the directors who worked with Tupac (on Poetic Justice, pictured above) he seems among the best-suited to make the movie. Read More »

Last year Mark Wahlberg started talking about a noirish screenplay called Broken City by Brian Tucker that he wanted to make under the direction of Allen Hughes. The script was a 2008 Black List entry, and has earned comparisons to Chinatown thanks to the way it depicts urban intrigue and corruption with a cop turned private detective at the center of the action. At the time the actor said they wanted to shoot the film at the end of 2011, but there was also some confusion about whether Allen Hughes was developing Akira with his brother Albert at Warner Bros., and we wondered how those schedules could possibly mesh up.

But Allen Hughes has nothing to do with Akira (and now, neither does his brother) so the schedule doesn’t look nearly as problematic. Broken City isn’t yet greenlist, but the film just got set up with $60m worth of financing, which is a significant step in the right dirtection. Read More »

Next year might be looking up for Mark Wahlberg. After a couple of years characterized by films like The Happening, Max Payne and The Lovely Bones, he made some audiences happy with The Other Guys, and will go into 2011 with David O. Russell’s The Fighter under his belt. And while there’s been fan outcry about his starring role in Uncharted, also directed by David O. Russell, that one might be another year off. In the meantime, there’s the possibility that the actor could show up in something a lot more appealing. Namely, the black as night neo-noir Broken City. Read More »


While we may have dodged a bullet with Spielberg’s Oldboy remake, it looks like another film in the Vengeance Trilogy has gotten a visit from the remake fairy. We’ve learned that Warner Brothers has purchased the rights to Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance, the first film in the trilogy. They’ve already tasked writing duties to one Brian Tucker, who is so far only credited as the writer to one other project — an upcoming film entitled Broken City.

The original film concerns a deaf-mute man who is desperate to find a replacement kidney for his dying sister. He eventually kidnaps his boss’s daughter, and things get bad from there.

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