The Hollywood Reporter tells us that Wahlberg and Universal Pictures have acquired the rights to produce a feature-length adaptation of director Ricardo De Montreuil's short film "The Raven." Wahlberg is co-producing alongside his colleague Steve Levinson, with Underground Films trio Nick Osborne, Trevor Engelson and Oly Obst executive producing.
Justin Marks will write the film's screenplay, which is in development as a starring vehicle for Wahlberg.
Although the title is doubtlessly setting off alarms in the brains of Edgar Allan Poe enthusiasts everywhere, Wahlberg's "The Raven" is a decidedly different affair from that old horror tale — though it would be a kick seeing Wahlberg as Poe, wouldn't it?
Instead, Wahlberg's "The Raven" centers on a young man with powers — presumably Wahlberg's role — who finds himself pursued in downtown Los Angeles by an army of cybernetic police drones, with a massive police aircraft coordinating the chase from its skybound headquarters.
Wahlberg's "The Raven" isn't the only project in development with that same title, as Film Nation and Intrepid Pictures are collaborating on a forthcoming film adaptation of the Poe poem starring John Cusack, Luke Evans and Alice Eve. Whether one or both films blinks and changes its title in the coming months remains to be seen.
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