Max Payne

Max Payne is an upcoming action film based on the 2001 video game of the same name. The film is directed by John Moore and stars Mark Wahlberg in the titular role. The film is scheduled to be released on October 17, 2008.

Max Payne (Mark Wahlberg) is a cop whose family and partner are brutally murdered. He embarks on a maverick path, venturing into the underworld to find those responsible for the murders. Payne finds that he faces enemies from beyond the natural world and that he will be betrayed.maxpayne_teaserpos_gal

The 2001 video game Max Payne was optioned by the production company Collision Entertainment to produce a live-action film adaptation. By April 2002, distributors Dimension Films and Abandon Entertainment were attached to the project. Shawn Ryan, the creator of the television series The Shield, was hired to write a script for the planned film. By June 2005, without production starting, Collision Entertainment had taken the project to 20th Century Fox. In November 2007, with a script written by Beau Thorne, Fox announced John Moore as the director and Mark Wahlberg as the star in the titular role.

Filming began in Toronto on March 2, 2008 and wrapped by May 9, 2008. The film will be rated PG-13 in the United States, a departure from the M-rated video game series. Mila Kunis said of the tone-down, “It’s incredibly dark. You still get the gist of it. The only difference between R-rated and PG-13 is you might not see as much blood. You might not see blood squirting everywhere, but as far as the sadness and the darkness of it and the distraught [nature] of these human beings is very much captured in the film.”


  • Mark Wahlberg as Max Payne, a cop haunted by the murder of his family and who disregards rules to investigate their deaths. Wahlberg described his role, “It’s probably one of the edgier roles I’ve played but also the most layered. Here’s a very happy guy who worked a dismal job, had a beautiful family. But the beauty in his life was taken away. He just goes on a rampage. It’s all driven by emotion.”
  • Beau Bridges as B.B. Hensley, a former cop and Max Payne’s mentor.
  • Mila Kunis as Mona Sax, an assassin who seeks revenge for the murder of her sister.
  • Ludacris as Jim Bravura, an internal affairs agent.
  • Chris O’Donnell as Jason Colvin, an executive and Nicole Horne’s “right-hand man”.
  • Nelly Furtado as Christa Balder, wife of Alex Balder.
  • Kate Burton as Nicole Horne, CEO of Aesir corporation.
  • Donal Logue as Alex Balder, Max Payne’s partner and best friend.
  • Amaury Nolasco as Jack Lupino, a mafia boss who becomes insane due to the drug Valkyr.

~ by darkdestroyer on August 19, 2008.

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