Universal Pictures has optioned the rights to Filipino crime thriller OTJ (On the Job).
According to Hollywood news source Variety, Icelandic filmmaker Baltasar Kormákur will write, direct and produce this remake. Scott Stuber (producer of Love and Other Drugs) will also serve as a producer in the remake.
Directed by Erik Matti, the original movie version of OTJ (On the Job) starred Joel Torre as a veteran assassin training a younger, cockier hitman (played by Gerald Anderson). Piolo Pascual was cast as an NBI agent torn between keeping his loyalty to his family and fulfilling his duty to uphold the law.
Variety describes OTJ as a movie "based on the real-life scandal where prison inmates were temporarily released from prison to work as contract killers on behalf of politicians and high ranking military officials."
Icelandic filmmaker Baltasar Kormákur recently directed Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg in the action flick 2 Guns.
In a previous interview with ABS-CBN News, Gerald Anderson was quoted as saying: “Sabi nila Direk, yung kampo nila Mark Wahlberg tumawag para i-remake, at saka nila Tom Cruise.”
Aside from 2 Guns, Mark Wahlberg also worked with Kormákur for the action crime thriller Contraband.
Wahlberg also starred in the adult comedy Ted, which was produced by Stuber. The Hollywood actor is currently working on the fourth installment of Transformers and a sequel to Ted.