Universal’s ‘2 Guns’ loading Kormakur, Wahlberg

Pic would reteam star, helmer of upcoming 'Contraband'

Universal must like what it sees in its upcoming thriller “Contraband,” as the studio is in negotiations to reteam helmer Baltasar Kormakur with the pic’s star, Mark Wahlberg, on the actioner “2 Guns.”

Pic follows a DEA agent and an undercover naval intelligence officer who unwittingly investigate each other as each steals mob money.

David O. Russell rewrote a script penned by Blake Masters, who adapted Steven Grant’s graphic novel.

Marc Platt is producing with Boom!’s Andrew Cosby and Ross Richie.

The first trailer for “Contraband,” set for a Jan. 13 bow, was just released and has generated good buzz in the blogosphere.

Decision to lock down another pic for Kormakur now makes sense given his rising profile. Besides “2 Guns,” Kormakur had been eyeing the U/Working Title pic “Everest” and is also in line to direct the epic “Viking” for Working Title.

“Contraband” also stars Kate Beckinsale and Giovanni Ribisi.

Kormakur is repped by WME and Nelson Davis Wetzstein.

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