Posted on: June 3rd, 2007
Deschanel joins Wahlberg in The Happening-
(Shot of actress Zooey Deschanel)
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Source:  Variety
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According to Variety, Zooey Deschanel will be joining Mark Wahlberg in M.
Night Shyamalan's new thriller THE HAPPENING. The film revolves around a
family on the run from an apocalyptic threat to humanity. Wahlberg will play
Elliot Moore, the science teacher at the center of the event. Shyamalan
wrote the original screenplay and will produce with Sam Mercer and Barry
Mendel, producer of Shyamalan's "The Sixth Sense" and "Unbreakable."
Production is set to begin in August in Philadelphia. With a budget of $57
million, "Happening" is being co-financed by Fox and India's UTV. Fox is
distributing worldwide, except in India, where UTV will handle the release.

"Happening" will mark the first time Shyamalan -- whose most recent film,
"Lady in the Water," was a bust for Warner Bros. Pictures -- will partner with
Fox. His first four films, all successes of varying degrees, were made for the
Walt Disney Co. Fox, which hasn't released a thriller on this scale since 2004's
"The Day After Tomorrow," is bullish on the release date.
"Friday the 13th has
very distinctive global connotations, which make it the ideal launching pad
for this frightening thriller,"
Fox domestic distribution president Bruce Snyder
said. Wahlberg, who received an Oscar nomination for his supporting role in
Warner Bros. Pictures' "The Departed," stars in Paramount Pictures' "Shooter."
He recently signed on to Paramount's boxing drama "The Fighter" for director
Darren Aronofsky.