EXCLUSIVE: The partnership between Apple Original Films and Skydance Media appears to build on its already strong roster with another A-list star at the center of it. Sources tell Deadline that Apple has landed The Family Plan, an action-comedy feature from Skydance starring Mark Wahlberg, directed by Simon Cellan Jones.
The film will reunite Wahlberg with Jones following their collaboration on the upcoming Arthur the King.
Written by David Coggeshall, The family plan tells the story of a suburban dad who must take his family on the run when his past catches up with him. Municipal Pictures’ Stephen Levinson and Wahlberg will produce with Skydance’s David Ellison, Dana Goldberg and Don Granger.
Wahlberg continues to be one of the busiest stars in town and started his year with Unexplored, which also starred Tom Holland and grossed over $400 million worldwide. He followed that with the Sony Pictures drama Father Stu and next can be seen opposite Kevin Hart in the Netflix comedy Me time. He also has the Netflix thriller Our man from Jersey. Wahlberg is replaced by WME and Leverage Management.
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Outraged King Arthur with Wahlberg, Jones is known for years and years and the next Netflix series The Diplomat. He is replaced by Gersh and Independent Talent Group.
The family plan marks a second collaboration between Skydance and Coggeshall, three times Black Lister who writes Matchbox for Skydance and Mattel. He also wrote the next Orphan: first murder for Paramount as well as Lee Daniels’ untitled Netflix possession thriller filming in Pittsburgh. He is represented by WME, Write Large and McKuin Frankel Whitehead, LLP.
This latest film follows Apple’s onboarding of the photo produced by Skydance Dallas Sting, starring Matthew McConaughey. As for the films that should bow as part of the partnership with Apple and Skydance Media, The greatest beer race of all time is the next ; from director Peter Farrelly, it stars Zac Efron and Russell Crowe and will open September 30 after its world premiere at the Toronto Film Festival. They also have Phantoma high-profile romantic action adventure starring Chris Evans and Ana de Armas, and directed by Dexter Fletcher.
Apple and Skydance Animation also have a multi-year partnership that includes the recently created Chancedirected by Peggy Holmes, and Bewitched, directed by Vicky Jenson, written by Lauren Hynek, Elizabeth Martin and Linda Woolverton, with original score by Alan Menken and lyrics by Glenn Slater, and Chris Montan as executive music producer. The partnership also includes a two-season order for the series. Wondla.