Mark Wahlberg has signed on to replace Chris Evans in Antoine Fuqua‘s upcoming action-thriller, Infinite. Scheduling issues with Evans’ upcoming Apple TV series Defending Jacob are reportedly to blame. That show is currently in production, and it must be a lengthy shoot as Infinite is not expected to begin filming until September.
Infinite is based on D. Eric Maikranz’s 2009 novel The Reincarnationist Papers. The story follows a group of near-immortal men and women reincarnated over centuries known as The Infinite. But to defeat an evil mastermind, the group must rely on a schizophrenic man whose vivid dreams are actually memories of past lives.
It’s interesting that this is a big budget project in the works not based on any massively popular IP. It sounds somewhat similar to Marvel’s The Eternals, except it isn’t expected to be a superhero film. Ian Shorr is writing the screenplay.
However, we’ll wait and see what the budget for this thing actually is. Paramount isn’t afraid to pull the plug on a project when the budget gets too high. They did exactly that with David Fincher‘s World War Z 2, and Infinite sounds like the same sort of high-concept, big-budget movie that could get out of hand before filming even begins.
This is also an interesting project for Fuqua, a director who usually resides in gritty, down-to-earth action films such as Training Day and The Equalizer. To see him helm a fantasy film (of sorts) is a left turn, but an intriguing one. The same goes for Wahlberg, who has often appeared in true-life dramas in recent years such as Patriots Day and Deepwater Horizon.
Keep an eye on this project, as a big-budget non-comic book movie is pretty rare nowadays.