It looks like Wes Anderson might get right to work on a film to follow Moonrise Kingdom, and we’ve had a list of possible actors: Johnny Depp, Bill Murray, Edward Norton, Jude Law, Jeff Goldblum, Adrien Brody, Willem Dafoe and Angela Lansbury.
While most of those names remain tentative, now we know that Depp is confirmed for the film, and that it will likely be the actor’s follow-up to The Lone Ranger. And better yet, we’ve got a title: The Grand Budapest Hotel. We also know that Scott Rudin (No Country For Old Men, The Social Network) will be among the producers, continuing the partnership between director and producer that goes back to The Royal Tenenbaums. Read More »
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On the first official day of San Diego Comic Con 2012, Walt Disney Pictures presented a panel which included footage from their upcoming video game animated feature Wreck It Ralph, Sam Raimi‘s Wizard of Oz prequel OZ: The Great and Powerful, and the first production teaser trailer for Gore Verbinski‘s Lone Ranger starring Johnny Depp. After the presentation, I took to the outside of Hall H and recorded a video blog reaction alongside Russ, Angie and Germain. Watch it now embedded after the jump and find out what we thought.
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The surprise ending to Disney’s Hall H panel today at San Diego Comic Con was the debut of an “in production” teaser trailer for Gore Verbinski‘s The Lone Ranger. The film stars Armie Hammer (The Social Network, J. Edgar) as the title character, and Johnny Depp as the classic character Tonto.
We’ve known for some time that the film features several sequences involving trains, and that it is Verbinski’s own take on ideas familiar to Western film fans. While the footage on display today was pretty light on Ranger and Tonto, there was enough on screen to give us a good idea of the film’s energy and ambitions. Read More »
Posted on Friday, June 22nd, 2012 by Angie Han
Warner Bros. has been treading carefully with movie budgets lately, pumping the breaks on expensive projects like Arthur & Lancelot and Akira when their costs ballooned out of control. Now it looks like latest project to come under scrutiny from the numbers department is The Thin Man, Johnny Depp and Rob Marshall‘s adaptation of the Dashiell Hammet classic.
Although the film’s been on track to shoot this November, Warner Bros. has just put the film on hiatus. While the studio hasn’t officially commented on its reasons, it seems to boil down to a combination of high costs and bad timing. Read more after the jump.
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Remember months ago when Disney put the development of Gore Verbinski‘s The Lone Ranger on ice because the budget had ballooned up to $250m or more? The studio is probably having flashbacks to that point, because the film is reportedly now over budget to the point where it is going to cost $250m or more; part of that budget overage has to do with the film being way behind schedule.
If the accounts are correct, Gore Verbinski may have to trim scenes back again. So what does that mean for a film that was already rewritten once late in the game, and is now being rewritten again? Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer play the leads, and they’ll play right into Disney’s plan to sell the film to audiences worldwide, but will they be enough to save the film? Read More »
Barnabas Collins is a vampire, but like many supernatural creatures he started out as a man. In his mortal days he made a common mistake. Barnabas got it on with a passionate partner to whom he had no intention to commit, while holding a flame for another chaste beauty. This did not end well. The spurned partner took refuge in the classic ‘stay busy’ activity of jilted lovers everywhere: she cursed Collins to vampirism, locked him in a coffin for a couple hundred years, and adopted a scorched-earth policy with respect to his entire family. Which is to say, in Dark Shadows the crazy ex-girlfriend is literally a witch.
Johnny Depp is a lifelong fan of the strange ’60s soap opera Dark Shadows. He’s wanted to revive the property, and put his own spin on Barnabas Collins, for years. Depp’s perpetual enabler Tim Burton finally took him up on the prospect, and the result is their eighth major collaboration. Visually opulent but emotionally arid, Dark Shadows feels occasionally like a campy play on the old show, but far more often like an opportunity for Burton to hash out old relationship issues. Those approaches don’t mesh together any better than did Collins’ two lovers. Read More »
Even if you aren’t familiar with the original look of Tonto on TV’s The Lone Ranger, it’s pretty obvious Johnny Depp‘s reinterpretation of it is totally out of left field. Depp is currently sporting this look on the set of The Lone Ranger with director Gore Verbinski, producer Jerry Bruckheimer and Armie Hammer as the title character and in a new interview, he revealed the surprising inspiration behind the striking look. Read his quotes below. Read More »
Johnny Depp and Rob Marshall are working to make a new version of The Thin Man, the Dashiell Hammett novel about drunk detective socialite Nick Charles, his charming young wife Nora and the unusual family mystery in which they become embroiled.
The question is: who plays Nora? Deadline says there is a shortlist that will begin to meet with Warner Bros. next week. Names on the list include Eva Green, Amy Adams, Emma Stone, Carey Mulligan, Rachel Weisz, Kristen Wiig, Emily Blunt and Isla Fisher. That is, just about every smart actress with free time in her schedule and an interest in starring opposite one of the few semi-legit movie stars in the business. And without knowing more about what Marshall, Depp and WB are specifically looking for, it seems pointless to try to play the guessing game based on a list that long.
The original The Thin Man, released in 1934, spawned a series of comic detective films and, later, even a TV show, and that precedent is fueling fire that the material might become a hit once again.
After the break, Albert Hughes’ film Motor City might finally have a lead, and Hal Holbrook joins Gus Van Sant’s new film Promised Land. Read More »
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