Mark Wahlberg is eyeing up a remake of 'The Gambler'.

The 42-year-old actor and director Rupert Wyatt are in early talks to make a new version of the 1974 drama about a man whose life spirals out of control due to his gambling addiction.

Todd Phillips and Leonardo Dicaprio were originally attached to the project, but are no longer involved according to,

The original movie starred James Caan as a literature professor with a gambling problem who can't quit his casino habit, even after running into trouble with a group of local gangsters.

The remake is being negotiated with Paramount, who have a strong relationship with Wahlberg as he recently starred in the studio's 'Pain and Gain' and is currently filming 'Transformers: Age of Extinction' for them.

Meanwhile, Wyatt hasn't been attached to a project since 2011's 'Rise of the Planet of the Apes' after opting out of directing the sequel.

Wahlberg is currently enjoying a much-needed rest after an intense period of filming back-to-back action movies.

He recently said: ''After doing four movies in a row, I needed a break. I did 'Broken City', 'Pain & Gain', '2 Guns' and 'Lone Survivor', which is a war movie where I play a Navy Seal trapped in Afghanistan.

''That was the kicker. I had to tough it up, but after that I was ready to do nothing.''