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Mark Wahlberg is Max Payne

Published November 9, 2007 in Casting Update
By Ryan Parsons | Image property of respective holders, Variety.
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I knew this day would come. A big fan of Max Payne on PC, I learned to hate the game after it kept freezing my computer during the dream sequence. I game I can't finish drives me absolutely bonkers. 20th Century Fox must have a good vibe from Hitman, as they are moving forward with an adaptation of Max Payne with Mark Wahlberg ready to play the title character.

Mark Wahlberg for Max Payne


Here is the only complication Fox is going to hit while adapting Max Payne: Bullet-time. A mode that made the game what it is today, bullet-time took the coolest aspect from The Matrix and put it into a video game. It worked wonderfully.

Now that it is coming back to film, some audiences might see a Matrix knockoff here; especially since Payne has a fondness for black as well.

Wahlberg is in negotiations to play Payne, a cop who is haunted by the tragic loss of his family and has little regard for rules as he investigates a series of mysterious murders. He finds himself up against an adversary bent on destroying Max and the streets he protects.

John Moore will direct off a script by Beau Thorne.



Moore has the right experience for Max Payne, with films like Behind Enemy Lines under the belt.

If Wahlberg takes the part, he will join the production once he wraps The Lovely Bones for Peter Jackson.

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