James Mangold to Direct ‘City State’

This English-language remake of the Icelandic crime thriller centers on a foreign mafia taking over Iceland’s drug market.

James Mangold directing City State remake
James Mangold directing City State remake
The Wolverine director James Mangold has already lined up his follow-up to that yet-to-shoot superhero sequel, signing onto direct a remake of City State.

Olaf de Fleur Johannesson wrote and directed the original Icelandic thriller City State, which centers on four strangers whose lives are affected when a foreign mafia moves in on their Icelandic drug trade. The four characters are a crooked police captain who is in love with a prostitute, an elderly mafia boss who wants to get out of the crime syndicate alive, a mechanic seeking vengeance for the death of his unborn child, and a female police officer who is attacked by street thugs and then takes the law into her own hands.

James Mangold will develop the remake with Cathy Konrad of his Tree Line Films company. Danny Sherman and Josh Kesselman will produce for Principal Entertainment.

The Wolverine will start production next spring, and it seems City State may be James Mangold's next project after The Wolverine wraps.

City State was released in 2011 and stars Ágústa Eva Erlendsdóttir, Ingvar Eggert Sigurðsson, Sigurður Sigurjónsson, Zlatko Krickic, Björn Thors, Luna Oskarsson, Björn Hlynur Haraldsson, Gísli Örn Garðarsson. The film is directed by Olaf de Fleur Johannesson.

Sources: Deadline

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  1. skywise

    @k-man I was impressed by 3:10 to Yuma as well but mostly for Ben Foster's creepy psychopath.

    3 years agoby @skywiseFlag

  2. K-Man

    Wow, that's amazing.......calling for a reboot before the "original" is even released. Simply incredible.

    On a different note, I'm actually pretty pumped to see Mangold's version of Wolverine. Ironically, I just watched 3:10 to Yuma last night for the first time and it was surprisingly pretty good (for the most part, at least). As a majority, I hate Westerns because I find them so damn boring.......so thats really saying something if I enjoyed watching it. He's got a pretty nice shooting style that I think will really compliment Wolverine as a character and as a story (a HUGE improvement over Gavin Hood's amateur, cheesy looking style which I found downright laughable). I was pretty worried when I found out that the director of Knight and Day would be directing Wolverine, considering that movie was downright atrocious (but I blame the script more than the director on that one). Then again, he also directed Walk the Line, which was fantastic.....so, technically, he's 2 for 3 in my book. I think he'll do fine with Wolverine, especially considering the script is supposed to be so incredible.

    As for City State, I'll definitely see it. Sounds like it could be pretty interesting.

    3 years agoby @k-manFlag

  3. thedude-abides

    Damn. This sounds awesome. Definitely checking out the original.

    3 years agoby @thedude-abidesFlag

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