Place your bets on Rupert Wyatt directing.
If you are an ageing producer who owns the rights to a gritty, cult thriller made in the 1970s, put your trousers on as there should be a knock at the door pretty soon.
1974’s The Gambler was loosely based on a Dostoevsky short story, and saw James Caan play a Professor of Literature who though a great teacher, was also a desperate gambler who owed loan sharks $44,000. In fact, he was so desperate, at one point he tried to blackmail his mother for the money. Don’t make me put you in a home Mum.
Admit it, we’ve all done it.
We can see Mark Wahlberg playing a hopeless addict but a Professor of Literature? Probably not. Any fears in this regard should be eased by the fact that the remake will be scripted by The Departed’s William Monahan, a man who knows how to bring out the best in Wahlberg.
Rupert Wyatt, the British director of Rise of the Planet of the Apes is said to be circling the project. Will he bring a fresh, European perspective to the story? Perhaps Wahlberg’s debts will be incurred by his addiction to bingo rather than sports betting.
Here’s hoping. “Staying alive- 85…etc”