Universal Buys ‘The Disciple Program’ For Mark Wahlberg

Tyler Marceca wrote the hotly pursued spec script, which will be directed by Morten Tyldum

Universal has won a bidding war for “The Disciple Program,” paying mid six-figures for the Tyler Marceca's spec script with Mark Wahlberg attached to star and produce.

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Morten Tyldum, whose last film was “Headhunters,” will direct and Stephen Levinson will produce with Wahlberg.

The thriller follows a man investigating his wife’s death, which leads him to a far stranger and more complicated web of stories.

Marceca’s script made its way around town earlier this year, enticing executives and producers alike. Courted by numerous parties, the scribe ended up signing with WME, which put a package together around clients Wahlberg, Levinson and Marceca.

Wahlberg’s last film, “Contraband,” was a Universal project, as is his next one, “Ted,” which marks Seth MacFarlane’s feature directorial debut.