Christian Bale Also Interested in the Prisoners Project?

April 4, 2009
Source: Risky Business

Christian Bale

When you've got both Mark Wahlberg and Christian Bale interested in a script before it even has a studio attached, you know it's a very hot script. According to the Risky Business blog, Christian Bale is the latest to attach himself to Prisoners, a thriller written by newcomer Aaron Guzikowski. We've mentioned this project quite a bit, when Wahlberg first got attached, then when Bryan Singer expressed his interest in directing, and now with Bale. Don't take this as surefire news that we'll be seeing Wahlberg and Bale going against each other - this is some early casting that could end up changing by the time it shoots.

The basic premise is as follows: After his 6-year-old daughter and her friend are kidnapped, a small-town carpenter (to be played by Wahlberg, as far as we know) butts heads with a young, brash detective (to be played by Bale, as far as we know) in charge of the investigation. The father is a Bible-reading, deer-hunting survivalist. The cop, meanwhile, can't wait to get to the city. Feeling failed by the law, the father captures the man he believes responsible and begins to torture him in a desperate attempt to find out what he did with the girls, whom he's convinced are still alive. I'm really hoping we will see Bale in this in the end.

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Has the potential to be something really special, especially if the casting is confirmed and then remains until shooting. Not too sure about Bryan Singer directing, although I do like his films. Definitely something I'll be following the progress of.

Dan on Apr 4, 2009


If Bale is in this flick then I'm in, if Wahlberg is in, then not. Bale blows him away; ability, coolness & everything else times 1,000!!!!!

Rabs on Apr 4, 2009


Hmmm interesting *scratches chin*

Scott McHenry on Apr 4, 2009


This sounds like the kind of project Bale could really get his teeth into. Wahlberg? Going up against Bale, he could look like a lightweight.

filmfancier on Apr 4, 2009


im sure the DP will tinker the lights much before Bale even wakes up

tom rothman on Apr 4, 2009


I'm really hoping Bryan Singer does decide to do this film. His first two movies, Public Access and Usual Suspects, are terrific, Apt Pupil is underrated, and even if his superhero pictures have met with a mixed response I think he's still got plenty of unfulfilled potential. He needs this. Give him a great script and a strong cast including the likes of Bale and Wahlberg and I think he'll deliver an excellent film. I'm excited! P.S. Don't fear for the DoP if Singer takes the gig. His man Tom Siegel is one tough bastard - he can handle a diva hissy fit, I'm sure! 😉

Mathieu on Apr 4, 2009


I really hope he trashes the lights.

Tyler on Apr 4, 2009


Bale/lights is such a dumb joke; if some piss-on was messing up the way I do my job and that job involved millions of dollars then I'd rip him a new one too.

Ugh on Apr 4, 2009


I don't think Singer's the one for this, and I'm not sure Whalberg can pull it off either, but Bale would be great.

Timothy on Apr 4, 2009


I have some doubt about Singer. I have very grave doubts about Wahlberg. Bale, though, no doubts. He'll be great. Ditch Wahlberg and sign up Norton and then you've got yourself a movie.

Terry on Apr 4, 2009


norton and bale on one screen. the incredible hulk/tylerdurden's original mind and darkknight/americanpsycho together? woah!

tom rothman on Apr 4, 2009


Oh boy! This is gonna look pretty badass. Bale and Whaleberg the ultimate experience!

Fisherr on Apr 5, 2009


It depends on which Wahlberg shows up: the one from The Departed (good) or the one from The Happening (very, very bad).

ebbie on Apr 5, 2009


Casting Bale is always a good move, I'll even tolerate Wahlberg, but Singer is a bit worrisome. His directing career has been so and so recently.

SlashBeast on Apr 5, 2009


Wahlberg was also excited for Max Payne

Dan W on Apr 12, 2009

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