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Mark Wahlberg to remake Headhunters

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Mark Wahlberg has a complicated history with remakes. While The Truth About Charlie and Planet of the Apes were definite misfires, The Italian Job was a surprisingly enjoyable caper that managed to avoid offending fans of the original (honest, check out its Rotten Tomatoes rating).

He's at it again with his latest movie Contraband, a remake of Reykjavik-Rotterdam, an Icelandic action thriller from 2008. It's already been a sleeper hit in the US with $66m (£41m) in the bank and it looks like Wahlberg is looking to stay on the remake trail for a tad longer.

We recently spoke to the Oscar nominee, who let slip that he's planning to revisit the Norwegian thriller Headhunters, based on the book by Jo Nesbo.

"I saw a film recently called Headhunters," he shared. "It's a Norwegian film and it's one of the best movies I've seen in a long time."

He revealed that the arduous remake process is already underway. "I met with the director and pleaded with the studio that has the rights so we'll see if we get anywhere with that."

The film, which Wahlberg described as "awesome", follows an art thief on the run and broke box office records when released in Norway. Wahlberg's upcoming slate includes the dark Seth MacFarlane comedy Ted with Mila Kunis and the crime drama Broken City with Russell Crowe.

Click here for 20 more remakes that you probably didn't know about.

Contraband is released in UK cinemas on March 16th.

(Image: Rex Features)

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