Rupert Wyatt in Talks to Remake 'The Gambler' with Mark Wahlberg
Following a rumor (which we didn't report) that Rise of the Planet of the Apes director Rupert Wyatt might direct Star Trek 3, director J.J. Abrams (who will be busy with Star Wars: Episode VII) endorsed Wyatt to take over the series at a Blu-Ray release party for Star Trek Into Darkness last night. But as those rumors still swirl, Paramount Pictures has lined up Wyatt for another film at the studio. The Wrap reports Wyatt is in talks to direct a remake of The Gambler, the 1974 crime drama following a UCLA literature professor with a gambling problem who runs afoul of gangsters, and Mark Wahlberg is circling the lead.
Martin Scorsese was once attached to direct with a script from his The Departed screenwriter William Monahan and Leonardo DiCaprio interested in starring, but more recently The Hangover franchise director Todd Phillips was supposed to be behind the camera (though he left the project months ago). Wahlberg seems like a good choice for a leading man, and it would be a nice reunion for the actor after landing an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor in The Departed, which was also written by Monahan. Hopefully his script can spice up what sounds like a somewhat generic story.