We've already seen the red band trailer for 'The Gambler,' which introduced us to director Rupert Wyatt's news thriller with a foul-mouthed bang. Now, a tamer version has arrived and it replaces the F-bomb poetry of the last preview with actual details on the film's plot and characters. Not a bad trade.
It's in the nature of every movie fan to approach remakes with caution, but the new 'The Gambler' trailer makes us feel like this is one do-over that's worth our time and money. Mark Wahlberg steps in for James Caan and director Rupert Wyatt steps in for Karl Reisz and the result is a film that looks to honor the original while very much doing its own thing.
Shortly after J.J. Abrams' commented that 'Rise of the Planet of the Apes' director Rupert Wyatt would be a great choice to helm 'Star Trek 3' for Paramount, his candidate looked elsewhere. Wyatt, along with 'Transformers 4' star Mark Wahlberg, has his eyes set on 'The Gambler,' another Paramount project.
Todd Phillips may be branching out soon, as word is that he's now in talks to direct a remake of 'The Gambler,' the 1974 film written by James Toback about a Harvard professor with a serious addiction to betting.