Universal Is Set To Smuggle “Contraband”

Universal Pictures is set to finance and distribute “Contraband”, the English language remake of 2008 Icelandic thriller “Reykjavik-Rotterdam” reports Deadline.

The story centers on a security guard and former smuggler on the Iceland-Netherlands route who is tempted back into illicit business by his wife’s brother who botches a run and finds his life threatened. The new version will shift the route to somewhere in North America.

Mark Wahlberg is set to star as the guard and Kate Beckinsale is in negotiations to play the female lead. Universal originally planned to finance the film but balked at the $40 million budget, forcing Relativity Media to step in. When the filmmakers brought the budget back down to $30 million and Relativity opted out, Universal jumped back in.

Aaron Guzikowski (“Prisoners”) is adapting the script while the original film’s producer/star Baltasar Kormakur will direct the remake (Oskar Jonasson helmed the original). Kormakur, Wahlberg, Stephen Levinson, Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner are producing.