Continuing his streak of dual acting and producing duties, Variety informs us that Mark Wahlberg will, as you’ve already determined, lead and produce The Disciple Program, a thriller written on spec by Tyler Marceca; Morten Tyldum (Headhunters) will be directing. (Wahlberg was able to get the helmer’s attention after expressing interest in a remake of Headhunters. After some behind-the-scenes talks, here we are.)
The screenplay — one sold, in large part, because of a rave review on ScriptShadow — follows an average fellow who, after doing some personal investigating, realizes that his wife’s strange passing “goes much deeper than he imagined.” (This is so speculative it hurts, but the title makes me think she was involved in a religious cult. Come back here and laugh at me when, in 2014, the movie’s in theaters and no such thing even happened.) The linked-to review gives a more detailed outline of the proceedings, though that might have changed; Marceca, Wahlberg, and Tyldum devised a newer draft that will contain, among other things, an additional action scene.
So let’s just hope these new touches aren’t going to take a (apparently) great first draft and transform it into just another generic action thriller — something Wahlberg‘s, sadly, been developing a certain penchant for over the last few years. With the Headhunters mastermind at the helm, however, I’ll give the benefit of the doubt.
What do you gather about Disciple Program, this early out?
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