Universal to Back CONTRABAND Starring Mark Wahlberg and Kate Beckinsale

     October 18, 2010


Universal Pictures has stepped back in to finance Baltasar Kormakur’s Contraband starring Mark Wahlberg and Kate Beckinsale.  Deadline reports that Universal balked when the price tag on the film was $40 million.  Relativity Media stepped in, but encouraged the filmmakers to bring down the budget.  They got the cost down to $30 million and “when Relativity blinked, Universal swooped back in.”

Contraband is a remake of Óskar Jónasson’s 2008 Icelandic film Reykjavik-Rotterdam, which starred Kormakur as “a former smuggler trying to go straight as a night guard. When his wife’s brother (who got him the job) botches a smuggling run, his life threatened and the protagonist is dragged in for one more job.”  Reykjavik-Rotterdam won five Edda Awards (Iceland’s equivalent of the Oscar) including Best Director and Best Screenplay.

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