Friday, 28 June 2013

AMERICAN DESPERADO - WITH PETER BERG, MARK WAHLBERG AND WILLIAM MONAHAN


Deadline reports that the Oscar-winning writer of Martin Scorsese's The Departed, William Monahan, has adapted Evan Wright's American Desperado, and with Peter Berg (Battleship) attached to direct and Mark Wahlberg to star as super-criminal Jon Roberts, the project is set to shoot in early 2014. Wahlberg has a lead role in another Peter Berg-directed true story, Lone Survivor, set for limited US release in late December. Roberts' extraordinary story was famously the influence for Brian De Palma's Scarface. He was the central figure of the 2006 documentary Cocaine Cowboys, and Wright's 2004 book Generation Kill was turned into a 2008 TV series by The Wire's David Simon. It's a great story, to be sure, but I've seen Wahlberg, who took all his potential and distilled it into playing the same role over and over in recent years, do this all before, and I don't think Peter Berg is half the director Martin Scorsese is, but there you have it.