Ever since The Fighter's success Mark Wahlberg has been able to get a number of projects off the ground easier than before. Wahlberg and Stephen Levinson have agreed to produce Paramount's crime drama When Corruption Was King. They join Marty Bowen, Wyck Godfrey and Shane McCarthy, who are currently producing through Bowen's Temple Hill Entertainment shingle. The script is based on Robert Cooley's novel of the same name and is being adapted by Frank Baldwin for the screen. The film is about "a southside Chicago lawyer who becomes the mob's most trusted attorney until, as a state witness, he brings the organization down."
The film is still in need of a director, so there's currently no start date. This may end up being a starring vehicle for Wahlberg, but is currently only committed to produce. Wahlberg is pretty busy producing HBO's Boardwalk Empire and Entourage, and he's also putting together several films including The Raven and Contraband at Universal. He recently came on board to star and produce Univeral's Bait & Switch, and is set to star in Ted opposite Mila Kunis for Universal as well. Let's hope Ted is better than the last time Wahlberg and Kunis were together on screen in the horrible feature adapation of Max Payne.
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