Personally I don’t think I’ll be queueing up for Broken City as Mark Wahlberg and Russell Crowe are two of my least favourite actors, but a lot of people like them and the trailer for Broken City does make the movie seem like it might be okay. The film follows Billy Taggart (Wahlberg), a former cop who is hired to tail the cheating wife (Catherine Zeta-Jones) of the city’s corrupt mayor (Crowe). Taggart successfully finds the man that the woman is sleeping with, but it’s not until after the man has been murdered. The movie’s supporting cast includes Barry Pepper, Kyle Chandler, Jeffrey Wright, Griffin Dunne, James Ransone, and Justin Chambers. The movie is currently set for UK release on January 25th, 2013.
Allen Hughes seems to be having more luck than his brother Albert. While Albert has had difficulty getting a movie off the ground since the siblings decided to direct separately, Allen’s Broken City will be out in a few months, and now he is set to direct a remake of the 2005 Korean crime thriller A Bittersweet Life, for 20th Century Fox and New Regency.
A Bittersweet Life follows the story of a mob enforcer and manager of a hotel who is tasked with following his boss’ mistress. The man is ordered to kill the mistress if its discovered she is having an affair. When a secret tryst comes to light, the enforcer beats up the mistress’ second lover and tells them to never speak of the incident, as he has fallen for the mistress himself and does not want to see her life ended.
Anthony Peckham, the man behind the scripts for Sherlock Holmes and Invictus, will write this remake. The film is being fast tracked by the studio, who want it for go into production early next year. (Source: Deadline)
EW has debuted the first images from Broken City, which stars Mark Wahlberg, Russell Crowe and Catherine Zeta-Jones, under the direction of Allen Hughes. Based on a screenplay by Brian Tucker, the film follows Billy Taggart (Wahlberg), a former cop who is hired to tail the cheating wife (Catherine Zeta-Jones) of the city’s corrupt mayor. Taggart successfully finds the man that the woman is sleeping with, but it’s not until after the man has been murdered. The movie’s supporting cast includes Barry Pepper, Kyle Chandler, Jeffrey Wright, Griffin Dunne, James Ransone, and Justin Chambers. The movie is currently set for UK release on January 25th, 2013.
Broken City recently started shooting in New Orleans, but it seems they haven’t finished filling out the cast, as Variety reports that Super 8 and Firday Night Lights star Kyle Chandler has signed up to take a role in the movie.
A few weeks ago Barry Pepper joined the film as a mayoral candidate, and Chandler will play his campaign manager. The story centers on Mark Wahlberg’s character, a private investigator hired by the mayor (Russell Crowe) to find his wife’s lover. The detective comes to learn dark secrets about the mayor during the course of his investigation, which puts his life in danger.
Allen Hughes is directing with the thriller due out next year.
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Catherine Zeta-Jones could certainly do with a hit movie. She’s been rather hit by the curse of winning an actress Oscar, where picking up the gong sees what should be a big career boost turn into the high spot before a steep slide into mediocrity (if you don’t believe me, just look at a list of Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress winners and see how most saw their career diminish almost from the moment they won).
Zeta-Jones hasn’t had a success since Ocean’s Twelve, and while she’s got Lay the Favorite, Playing The Field and Rock Of Ages coming up next year, she’ll be hoping the new movie she’s just signed up for, Broken City, will be a hit.
The film is about a Brooklyn private detective (Mark Wahlberg), who is hired by the New York City mayor (Russell Crowe) to discover the identity of his wife’s lover. When the lover turns up dead, the detective digs deeper into the case and uncovers a vast conspiracy involving the mayor. According to Deadline, Zeta-Jones will portray the mayor’s wife.
Allen Hughes will Broken City from a screenplay by Brian Tucker (it’s taken a while for it to get this far though, as the script made the Black List back in 2008). Production is slated to begin in November on a $50 million budget.
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