Mark Wahlberg Joins Another Boston Project - Prisoners

March 6, 2009

Mark Wahlberg

Not only do I love movies set in Boston (e.g. The Departed, Gone Baby Gone, What Doesn't Kill You), but I actually still love Mark Wahlberg, too, so seeing those two together again is such a joy for me! Wahlberg is attached to star in a dark thriller called Prisoners that is apparently one of the hottest scripts in Hollywood at the moment. It was written by newcomer Aaron Guzikowski, a Brooklyn native who literally broke into the business this week with this project. No studio is involved yet, but talent agency Endeavor is packaging the project and looking to secure a director before they start pitching around to studios.

The story in Prisoners concerns a Boston family-man (Wahlberg) whose 6-year-old daughter and her best friend are kidnapped. He then takes matters into his own hands by in turn kidnapping the man he suspects responsible. The project is said to have a similar feel to The Silence of the Lambs and Se7en, although I'm sure those are just sales points that Endeavor is using to build hype. Of course, I'll wait to hear who they find to direct, but I'm already looking forward to it. As I said at the start, there's just something I love about movies set in Boston, and because Wahlberg is a Boston native, it's perfect he's a part of this as well.

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Wahlberg could use a little redemption in my eyes after The Happening and Max Payne, and I've thoroughly enjoyed several of his movies in the past, so I'm glad to hear he's doing something that seems as though it could turn out well. We'll see.

Stiles on Mar 6, 2009


Mark Wahlberg wasn't in What Doesn't Kill You...his brother Donnie produced it though... This projects sounds good..

Laura W on Mar 6, 2009


I know Laura, I was referencing it as a great Boston movie from the past few years, not for Wahlberg! 🙂

Alex Billington on Mar 6, 2009


I will always see him as little Marky Mark...I can't take the guy seriously

Chris W on Mar 6, 2009


It sounds like THE BRAVE ONE/DEATH SENTENCE/100 other movies to me.

Ryan on Mar 7, 2009


Are you sure this is written by Aaron Guzikowski, it's credited on IMDB as being written by Ben Fast. I know IMDB isn't the end all of film information, but I just wanted to know which was correct. Anyone?

Peloquin on Mar 7, 2009

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