Mark Wahlberg will produce short film

Universal has acquired the rights to Ricardo De Montreuil’s short film “The Raven” as the basis for a feature that Mark Wahlberg will produce.

Project may be developed as a starring vehicle for Wahlberg. Story revolves around a young man with special powers who’s chased around downtown Los Angeles by robotic police drones while a giant police ship coordinates the effort from the skies above.

Justin Marks will pen the script; Stephen Levinson joins Wahlberg as a producer. Nick Osborne, Trevor Engelson and Oliver Obst of Underground Films will exec produce.

De Montreuil has already reaped rewards from his short, signing on to helm the Universal coming-of-age drama “Lowriders,” which Brian Grazer will produce.

Wahlberg can be seen next in “The Fighter,” which he also produced.

He is repped by WME. De Montreuil is repped by CAA and Underground.

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