Pain and Gain may cast Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson in comedy.
Apparently both actors have talked about this project with Transformers helmer Michael Bay, a comedy which Johnson is in early talks for, and Wahlberg is circling, depending on his busy schedule, reports Variety.
This would reunite the two actors in another comedic effort after Sony's The Other Guys, which also starred Will Ferrell.
Pic is based on the 1999 Miami New Times article called "Pain and Gain" and tells of two Florida bodybuilders who get tuck in the middle of an extortion ring, as well as a kidnapping scheme that goes horribly wrong.
Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, writers of Marvel Studios and Paramount Pictures' Captain America: The First Avenger, have penned the original script which is similar to Fargo in tone.
Michael Bay produces with Brad Fuller and Andrew form for his Platinum Dunes company.
Johnson's back in strong action form after the winning Faster and Fast Five. Wahlberg won critical-acclaim in The Fighter and is up next in Universal's action thriller Contraband, while opens January 13th. He's currently filming Broken City helmed by Allen Hughes, alongside Russell Crowe, Super 8 star Kyle Chandler, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Barry Pepper, Jeffrey Wright and Justin Chambers.
Dark comedy, which is said to carry a modest $20 million price tag, is set up at Bay's Platinum Dunes banner, and he's expected to produce with Bradley Fuller and Andrew Form.
Wahlberg, who's currently shooting Allen Hughes' "Broken City" with Russell Crowe, has several potential projects vying for his next slot, including Universal's "2 Guns" and Adam McKay's football comedy "Three Mississippi." In recent years, Wahlberg has smartly balanced his career, mixing comedies like "The Other Guys" and "Date Night" in between dramatic turns in "The Fighter" and "The Lovely Bones." He next stars in Seth MacFarlane's adult comedy "Ted" and Baltasar Kormakur's crime thriller "Contraband."