Mark Wahlberg Gunning to Direct Caron Butler Biopic

Mark Wahlberg

Gunning to Direct Caron Butler Biopic

12/29/2017 12:30 AM PST

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He’s already producing and acting in the movie — but now Mark Wahlberg is making a play to DIRECT his upcoming movie about the life of NBA star Caron Butler

We broke the story … Wahlberg has been targeting huge names like Spike Lee, Peter Berg and Barry Jenkins to direct the flick about Butler’s journey from dealing drugs to becoming an NBA all-star.

Our sources say Wahlberg is very passionate about the project — and thinks it could be the perfect movie to make his directorial debut.

Wahlberg gave a clue during an interview with Collider, saying he has “one specific project” he’d love to direct … teasing “it takes place in Wisconsin. It’s a true story.”

And guess where Caron Butler grew up? WISCONSIN!!! 

Boom. 

One problem (that’s not really a problem) — Wahlberg says he thinks Peter Berg is REALLLY going to want the project … jokingly saying, “I made the mistake of sending him the script.”

Not a bad problem to have …