It was the script everyone was talking about, mostly because it had one big A-list star attached to it, and then not long after, a second one. Before long, an A-list director was also attached. And now — um, let’s start over, shall we? The script in question was written on spec by newcomer Aaron Guzikowski, and was called “Prisoners”. In it, a small-town man kidnaps the neighbor he suspects of abducting his daughter with intentions of making him talk by any means necessary.
Mark Wahlberg would have played the father, while Christian Bale later came onboard to play the big-city cop who travels down to help the locals investigate the crime. Bryan Singer was supposed to direct. Now scrap all that and let’s start all over.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, both Bale and Wahlberg are no longer attached to the project, and Singer is also gone. Writer Aaron Guzikowski has taken his script over to Alcon Entertainment for a nice mid-six figures against just over $1 million, and is currently looking for a director to put the film, currently budgeted in the $30-$40 million dollar range, into production by early Fall. Wahlberg, the earliest A-lister attached, was apparently not ready to make the film that quickly, hence the split.
Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson of Alcorn will produce the film, which is currently in search of a director not named Bryan Singer. After nailing down a director, the plan is to find stars not named Mark Wahlberg or Christian Bale. Whether the move will pay off remains to be seen.
Ironically, Wahlberg and Bale can both be seen co-starring in the boxing movie “The Fighter” in 2011 from director David O. Russell.