Universal Pictures options 'On the Job' Hollywood remake

BY PAUL MICHAEL CAMANIA JARAMILLO
 
The critically acclaimed movie “On the Job” will be remade into a Hollywood movie.
 
Universal Pictures has optioned the rights to Star Cinema crime thriller “On the Job,” with Baltasar Kormakur on board to write and direct and Scott Stuber on board to produce.

Kormakur directed the 2012 movie “Contraband” with Mark Wahlberg and the recent hit “2 Guns” with Oscar winner Denzel Washington. 
 
 
Kormakur had already begun developing a project based on the same events as “On The Job” with XYZ Films before the Filipino film began production.
 
The pic is 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.

The remake and Kormakur’s involvement were reported this summer, but at the time the film didn’t have a studio to call home.
 
XYZ Films, which handled worldwide sales of “On the Job,” will also produce the Hollywood remake.
 
 
Variety was also optimistic about the remake’s prospects, noting that “Universal and Kormakur have already seen good returns with ‘Contraband’ and ‘2 Guns’ and teaming him up with one of the studio’s top producers could lead to even bigger results.”
 
The trade publication was among the first international publications that raved about the Filipino film, singling out actors Joel Torre and Kapamilya talent Gerald Anderson – as two hitmen -- for their performance in the film.
 
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