Last year, there was news that Johnny Depp wanted to star in a new version of The Thin Man, based on the Dashiell Hammett novel that spawned a six-film series in the ’30s and ’40s. He roped in his Pirates of the Caribbean director Rob Marshall, but we haven’t heard much about the project since. Would this one move forward or, like other films to which Johnny Depp has been attached over the years, would it hit the back burner?

Right now, the film is taking a small step forward as a screenwriter has been hired. Jerry Stahl (Permanent Midnight) will adapt the novel for Warner Bros. Read More »

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Here’s the first one-sheet for Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, in which Rob Marshall takes over directing duties from Gore Verbinski and Johnny Depp returns to the role of Captain Jack Sparrow.

That character is front and center on the poster, as it has been four years since the release of the last Pirates film. Suppose it is time to remind audiences of Jack Sparrow, and a colorful new poster is the best way to do it. See the full image after the break. Read More »

We’ve just seen the first trailer for Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, and it sets up the basic concept: Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) ends up working with a woman from his past (Penelope Cruz) to find the fountain of youth, with famed pirate Blackbeard (Ian McShane) an an unusual accomplice/rival. Meanwhile Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush) is working with the crown in some measure. Oh, and there are mermaids and zombies.

Now director Rob Marshall, who is new to the series, has given up a few more details. Read More »

Disney has released the first trailer for the fourth movie in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, On Stranger Tides. It announces new director Rob Marshall and new characters played by Ian McShane and Penelope Cruz, and uses the series’ ringing score to great effect. Watch it after the break. Read More »

Who wants to see Johnny Depp solve a murder related to a family full of infighting crazies while getting sloshed at ten in the morning? According to a new report, the actor is angling to have his Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides director Rob Marshall head up a new movie based on Dashiell Hammett‘s 1934 novel The Thin Man. Read More »

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Prepare yourselves now, because the profusion of Wizard of Oz projects hitting in the next few years may start to get a little overwhelming. In no particular order, we already have lined up: Oz, the Great and Powerful, starring Robert Downey Jr. and (potentially) directed by Sam Raimi; Drew Barrymore’s proposed Wizard of Oz sequel, Surrender Dorothy; the Polish brothers’ Oz prequel; Dorthy of Oz, an animated outing; and one of two Warner Bros. remakes, which could either be the Todd McFarlane-produced re-envisioning or the simply titled Oz, written by Darren Lemke (co-writer of Bryan Singer’s upcoming Jack the Giant Killer).

That enough Oz mayhem for you? Or do you think we need one more?

Yup, Universal thinks we need one more. To fill out that already full roster, there’s the upcoming musical adaptation Wicked, a prequel to the classic Wizard of Oz tale that’s told from the perspective of the witches. This will mark the title’s third incarnation, which started as a bestselling novel before finding great success as a stage musical. Which director will be bringing the material to the big screen? The current line-up is enough to titillate: J.J. Abrams, James Mangold, Ryan Murphy and Rob Marshall. More on these selections after the break. Read More »

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The fourth Pirates of the Caribbean film, On Stranger Tides, began production last week in Hawaii. Disney has sent out a press release to commemorate the occasion, and while normally this sort of thing is just a lot of hot air, in this case there is some useful information contained therein, at least if you’re curious to know exactly what adventure Johnny Depp will be sashaying through this time.

Hit the jump for the plot details as officially presented by Disney. Read More »

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As the development and casting of the fourth Pirates of the Caribbean film has gone forward, we’d basically known that Geoffrey Rush (the series’ secret weapon) would return as the formerly villainous pirate Captain Hector Barbossa. Now his return is confirmed. Read More »

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