Back in July it was reported that Mark Wahlberg, having left an indelible, Godfather-esque mark on cinema with his friendship with animated bear Ted, was moving away from bears and instead was on board to star alongside a dog. Not an animated dog though, a real one. He’s starring in the true story Arthur: The Dog Who Crossed The Jungle To Find A Home.
The project now has a director. It’s Baltasar Kormakur, who previously directed Wahlberg in the action-comedy 2 Guns and the 2012 thriller Contraband. One suspects this film may have a slightly different tone to those.
Mikael Lindnord‘s book follows his own real-life story. He was a Swedish adventure racer who won the hearts of millions when he and his team adopted Arthur, a badly wounded but big-hearted stray dog who tagged along with them during an epic endurance race in Ecuador. Paramount Players are producing the film. Michael Brandt (3:10 To Yuma) has penned the screenplay.
Wahlberg is about to start shooting Antoine Fuqua‘s Infinite, also for Paramount. He’s reportedly aiming to shoot Arthur in early 2020 after completing work on Infinite.
He’ll next be seen in Wonderland, a mystery film directed by another frequent collaborator of his, Peter Berg. He also recently wrapped shooting on the indie drama, Good Joe Bell. Kormakur last directed the drama Adrift, which starred Shailene Woodley.