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Mark Wahlberg and British director John Maybury are attached to star in and helm Mandalay Pictures/Section Eight's feature The Jacket. Producers are hoping for a fall start. Jacket is about a man (Wahlberg) falsely imprisoned for murder. While being tortured, he is able to foresee how and when he will be killed. By moving through altered states, he tries to figure out a way to prolong his life so he can solve his own murder. Steven Soderbergh, George Clooney and Peter Guber are producing. The trio will approach Warner Bros. Pictures first about coming on board. The project was set up at Paramount (without Section Eight), with Colin Farrell starring and Antoine Fuqua directing. Wahlberg and Maybury are both repped by Endeavor. Wahlberg, additionally repped by Leverage Management, next stars in Paramount Pictures' The Italian Job. Maybury is best known for writing and directing the award-winning 1998 British feature Love Is the Devil, starring Derek Jacobi, Daniel Craig and Tilda Swinton.

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