Wahlberg, Damon clinch 'Fighter' roles
Mark Wahlberg and Matt Damon, who teamed up in the Boston police saga "The Departed," are set to reunite in Paramount Pictures' "The Fighter." David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman are producing through their Mandeville Films shingle.
Based on the life of boxer "Irish" Mickey Ward (Wahlberg) and his trainer brother Dick Eklund (Damon), the story chronicles the brothers' early days on the rough streets of Lowell, Mass., through Eklund's battle with drugs and Ward's eventual world championship in London. Wahlberg and Damon both hail from Boston.
Paul Tamasy and Eric Johnson penned the screenplay. However, sources said Wahlberg and Damon's involvement is contingent on a Paul Attanasio rewrite, which is due in a few weeks.
"I've been dying to do a boxing movie my whole career," Wahlberg said in a recent interview. "I've been close to doing two, and they kinda fell apart, but it's something I'm very excited about."
"House" exec producer Paul Attanasio is working on a rewrite that will be completed within two weeks. If they like the script, Wahlberg and Damon will commit, and each will make "The Fighter" his next film. Shooting will begin in early summer in Massachusetts.
Emphasis in the rewrite is on the themes of brotherhood and redemption.