In recent years, foreign films have become fodder for studios to find ideas for English language remakes, which is why it didn’t take long for Summit Entertainment to jump on the remake rights for Morten Tyldum’s 2011 thriller Headhunters, based on the novel by Jo Nesbo.
The film follows a corporate headhunter named Roger Brown, who finds himself the target of someone who wants his job just a little bit more, and it’s been received very well on the film festival circuit, even playing last week as part of Lincoln Center’s Film Comment Selects.
While doing press in England for his remake of the Icelandic crime-thriller Contraband, a significant hit here in the States, Wahlberg told ShortList Magazine that he’s interested in getting involved with the planned remake of Headhunters
As he told the magazine:
“I saw a film recently called Headhunters. It’s a Norwegian film and it’s one of the best movies I’ve seen in a long time. I met with the director and pleaded with the studio that has the rights so we’ll see if we get anywhere with that.”
Sacha Gervasi (The Terminal) is readapting the novel for the English language film but Wahlberg’s statement seems to imply that Summit already has a director in mind, even though that hasn’t been announced as of yet.
We’ll have to see whether Summit wants Wahlberg as much as he wants to do the movie, but in the meantime, you can see the original Norwegian Headhunters, when Magnolia releases it on April 27.