New movie in partnership between Netflix and Mark Wahlberg.
Spenser Confidential is an upcoming Netflix Original crime-mystery, stars Mark Wahlberg as ex-felon Spenser, a fictional character in a series of detective novels initially by the American mystery writer Robert B. Parker (1932-2010). In 2011, the American journalist and author, Ace Atkins was selected by the estate of Robert B. Parker to take over writing the Spenser series of novels.
The movie is based on the second novel by Atkins, “Wonderland”, Spenser returns to Boston’s criminal underworld to unravel a murder conspiracy.
Spenser Confidential will be directed by Peter Berg, the film also stars Colleen Camp, Winston Duke, Alan Arkin, Post Malone, and more. This is the fifth time that Peter Berg and actor Mark Whalberg have worked together, having previously worked on Patriot’s Day, Mile 22, Lone Survivor and Deepwater Horizon.
In an interview, Mark explained that the movie is based on one of his favorite childhood shows “Spenser: For Hire”. “It was actually shot in Boston, so it was really one of the few times I actually saw neighborhoods that I grew up in and that I was familiar with on television”.
“It’s about a police officer who just cannot stand by and see any kind of injustice,” he says. “Something happens with police corruption. He decides he’s gonna go after his boss — they were kind of sandbagging this homicide investigation — so he ends up going to prison.”
He adds that the film is based on a series of 49 books.
Spenser novels have been ongoing for 46 years, the first novel ‘The Godwulf Manuscript’ was published in 1973, the 49th novel in the series ‘Angel Eyes’ was published in 2019.
This is the third time that the Spenser character has been adapted.
The first came in a television series in the 1980s on ABC, returning on four TV-movies from 1993 to 1995, both staring Robert Urch as Spenser, and the second adaptation was three made-for-TV movies from 1999 to 2001 that aired on A&E staring Joe Mantegna as Spenser.
Watch the movie trailer released by Netflix today:
Spenser Confidential comes to Netflix on March 6th.