The remake of Mark Wahlberg’s The Italian Job is leaving Netflix soon.
Skylar Gibby-Brown | Published
There are only a few days left before Netflix removes the popular Mark Wahlberg film from its streaming platform. November 30th, Italian workstarring Wahlberg, Donald Sutherland and Edward Norton will be leaving the popular streaming service.
Mark Wahlberg’s 2003 film is a remake of the 1969 British film also titled Italian work. Although both movies are heist movies, that’s where the similarities end. Wahlberg’s remake is more of an homage to the original film than a true remake of the original story. While the 1969 film is an action comedy and crime thriller, the remake leans more towards action than comedy.
1969s Italian work stars Michael Caine, Noel Coward and Benny Hill, and is a comedic story about a team determined to steal a gold shipment after being distracted by a traffic jam, which takes place in Mark Wahlberg’s remake.
The 2003 remake focuses on new characters and a darker plot. Mark Wahlberg plays the main character, Charlie Crocker, who is left for dead by his former ally. After a heist goes wrong, Crocker’s partner, Steve (Edward Norton), betrays his crew in order to keep the stolen gold for himself. Crocker leads a team of thieves in a revenge plot against Steve to recover stolen gold.
Team Crocker (Mark Wahlberg) is played by an all-star cast, including Jason Statham as Handsome Rob, Yasin Bey (aka Mos Def) as Left Ear and Seth Green as Lyle. Like most heist movies, each player has their own special talent. Crocker is the leader, Pretty Rob is the driver, Left Ear plays with explosives, and Lyle is the technician. The team also includes Stella Bridger (Charlize Theron), daughter of John Bridger (Donald Sutherland), a team member who was killed by Steve.
A script for the remake was submitted to Paramount by screenwriters Neil Purvis and Robert Wade, but the studio rejected it. However, Paramount liked the concept, and Paramount hired a team of screenwriters, Donna and Wayne Powers, to rewrite the script. Powers and Powers never saw the original film before being asked to, and they only watched it once before taking on the assignment. The studio liked their version of the script for the film that Mark Wahlberg would eventually star in, although it was not a technical remake of the original film, but was simply inspired by the tone of the 1969 film.
Italian work was directed by F. Gary Gray who would later direct films such as Straight from Comptonthe eighth film of the Fast and the Furious saga, The fate of the furiousand the fourth installment in the Men in Black series. Men back: International. We could see Mark Wahlberg in all these films.
gray wanted Italian work to be as realistic as possible, so Mark Wahlberg and many of the other actors did their own stunts during filming and very little CGI was used. Italian work was Paramount’s highest-grossing film of 2003 and grossed the studio $176.1 million worldwide. The film was generally well-received by the public and critics, and was praised for being very entertaining despite a few improbable plot points.
Although the film was not nominated for an Academy Award, it still received several accolades. Gray won the Film Life Movie Award for Best Director at the 2004 American Black Film Festival and several stuntmen won the Best Stunt Award at the Taurus World Stunt Awards 2004 for the boat chase scene in Venice. Despite Netflix ditching one of Mark Wahlberg’s best films, the film will still be available to stream on Paramount Plus.