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Wahlberg eyeing Highway to Heaven reboot; Cameron Crowe collaboration

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Just because you can see his ribs, doesn’t mean he’s not packin’ brains.

I should know.

How you doin’?

Mark Wahlberg. Undies-spruiker. Actor. Producer.

The guy has definitely done well for himself. And I don’t think it’s luck. I got a sense of this a year or so back when I spoke to him for “The Fighter”; he’s one of the savviest and most skilled businessman out there. Dude knows what he wants, when he wants it – much like Pepe Le Pew.

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, the “Lone Survivor” actor spoke a lot about… well, anything.. but hidden in the article were a couple of nuggets about projects he has in the works.

One is a TV reboot of the popular ’80s drama “Highway to Heaven”, which starred Michael Landon as an angel that returns on a weekly basis, squeezes himself into your set, and proceeds to fix someone’s life up.

According to the article, Wahlberg pitched NBC’s Bob Greenblatt and Jennifer Salke on the idea sometime last month. Since this is the first I’ve heard of the idea, I’ve no idea whether they bit or not.

Also on Donnie’s bro’s dance-card, a feature film adaptation of David Sheff’s 2008 memoir ”Beautiful Boy: A Father’s Journey Through His Son’s Addiction.”

”I’ve met with Cameron Crowe about possibly doing that,” he says.

Here’s the Amazon description for it :

What had happened to my beautiful boy? To our family? What did I do wrong? Those are the wrenching questions that haunted every moment of David Sheff’s journey through his son Nic’s addiction to drugs and tentative steps toward recovery. Before Nic Sheff became addicted to crystal meth, he was a charming boy, joyous and funny, a varsity athlete and honor student adored by his two younger siblings. After meth, he was a trembling wraith who lied, stole, and lived on the streets. David Sheff traces the first subtle warning signs: the denial, the 3 A.M. phone calls (is it Nic? the police? the hospital?), the rehabs. His preoccupation with Nic became an addiction in itself, and the obsessive worry and stress took a tremendous toll. But as a journalist, he instinctively researched every avenue of treatment that might save his son and refused to give up on Nic.
Beautiful Boy is a fiercely candid memoir that brings immediacy to the emotional rollercoaster of loving a child who seems beyond help.

Kleenex. Now. Goddammit!

Add those two to the conglomerate of projects listed on Wahlberg’s IMDB Pro page as being ‘in-development’.

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