Paramount Pictures has assigned producer John Goldwyn to ramp up a sequel to “The Italian Job,” the F. Gary Gray-directed remake that starred Mark Wahlberg, Charlize Theron and Edward Norton.
The assignment amounts to role reversal for Goldwyn and current Par president Donald De Line. De Line produced the 2003 film — the studio’s top domestic grosser last year with $106 million — while Goldwyn held the top production post at the studio. Late last year, Goldwyn ankled to become a producer, De Line replaced him and the two swapped offices.
Goldwyn now is shepherding the sequel for De Line. He’ll supervise a sequel treatment being written by Wayne and Donna Powers, the husband-and-wife team who scripted the remake and set it in Venice and Los Angeles.
The original 1969 heist hit starred Michael Caine in the story of a scheme to steal $4 million in gold by causing a massive traffic tie-up in Turin.
While the sequel plot is still being fleshed out, St. Tropez, Paris and the Swiss Alps are being eyed as the primary shooting locations.
The nascent stage of the project makes it difficult to handicap which cast members will be back for encores. Most, if not all, made deals that did not include pre-negotiated sequel options; those who return for another heist will be looking for a bigger share of the loot.
The biggest longshot to reprise is Theron, who followed “The Italian Job” with her Oscar-winning perf in “Monster.” Just before taking home the award, her reps negotiated a career-best $9 million salary for her to star in Paramount/MTV’s “Aeon Flux.”
Goldwyn is involved in developing David Grann’s “City of Water,” Alexandra Robbins’ “Pledged: The Secret Life of Sororities” and Sabin Willett’s “Present Value,” along with Lorne Michaels projects “Sebastian Knight” and “Mall Cops.”
He’s also teamed with his director brother Tony Goldwyn on an untitled thriller and is developing a remake, with father Samuel Goldwyn Jr., of “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.”