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James Mangold to Helm Remake of Icelandic Crime Thriller 'City State'

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October 17, 2011
Source: Deadline

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The director is gearing up to start production in the high anticipated comic book sequel The Wolverine next spring, but James Mangold already has his next project to follow the Hugh Jackman collaboration. Deadline reports the Walk the Line director will be at the helm of a remake of City State, an Icelandic crime thriller written and directed by Olaf de Fleur Johannesson. When a foreign mafia decides to take control of the Icelandic drug market, a police woman lost in violence, a mechanic revenging for his lost son, a crime kingpin with a heart condition, and a corrupt officer in love with a prostitute will destroy each other.

Here's the trailer for the original film which looks like it's worth a look before the remake:

Mangold hasn't really delved into crime drama since Cop Land with Sylvester Stallone in 1997, so it sounds like this will be a decent return to gritty drama for the director. After all, his work on Knight & Day didn't exactly make a splash, but I've mostly blamed the script and Cameron Diaz for that film falling flat on its face despite some solid action sequences and a solid performance from Tom Cruise. The director should have plenty of eyes on his work after his name gets a boost from The Wolverine, so I'm hoping the comic book sequel begins a return to the quality films we've come to expect from a filmmaker like Mangold.

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