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Johnny Depp boarding David Koepp's Mortdecai

07.10.2013

So, THE LONE RANGER didn't do so well. Not only that, people were not digging it in the least. It didn't even come off as a fun popcorn flick. In fact, I saw quite a few people saying they were "bored". Bored during a big budget action flick? Yikes.

Regardless, Johnny Depp will get work because he's Johnny f*cking Depp. He's a good actor that hasn't had any luck when it comes to choosing the right projects as of late. One project that he's been attached to for awhile, MORTDECAI, adapted from Kyril Bonfiglioli's comedic crime novel "The Great Mortdecai Moustache Mystery". The flick originally had a home at Warner Bros. but Lionsgate recently acquired it after being put in turnaround.

"Depp is in negotiations to play Charlie Mortdecai, a wealthy art dealer and part-time rogue who frequently finds himself caught up in strange cases of crime and espionage. Story follows Mortdecai as he races to recover a stolen painting rumored to contain the code to a lost bank account filled with Nazi gold. Of course, he'll have to contend with angry Russians, the British Mi5, his impossibly leggy wife and an international terrorist first."

Screenwriter and director David Koepp has been attached along with Depp who were paired back in 2004 on SECRET WINDOW. Koepp generally delivers though he has had his fair share of the not-so-goods. But the man was a writer on the screenplay for JURASSIC PARK so he gets an instant pass. Yes, it's that easy to buy my love...but it's JURASSIC PARK, COME ON!

Sadly, Bonfiglioli passed away before "The Great Mortdecai Moustache Mystery" was completed. Craig Brown finished the book in 1996 and it received many great reviews. Here's hoping this is a win for Depp.

Source: The Wrap

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10:19PM on 07/10/2013
I don't think Koepp was the factor that made Jurassic Park great. Before him, the credit should go to Spielberg, Michael Crichton, the entire cast, John Williams, Stan Winston, ILM, you get the picture.

Anyway, hard to tell if this role will be a good choice for Depp or not. Based on the description it can easily go either way.
I don't think Koepp was the factor that made Jurassic Park great. Before him, the credit should go to Spielberg, Michael Crichton, the entire cast, John Williams, Stan Winston, ILM, you get the picture.

Anyway, hard to tell if this role will be a good choice for Depp or not. Based on the description it can easily go either way.
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9:53PM on 07/10/2013
I knew Johnny Depp would not be thrown into Movie Jail and doesn't deserve it, but based on this decision alone I would throw him in for a long sentence, not the slap on the wrist that the prosecutor suggested. I do not trust, and I avoid, anything written by David Koepp and Akiva Goldsman. You said Koepp wrote Jurassic Park, which is a pass since that's the movie I've seen most in theaters, but he CO-wrote it with a great scientific co-writer, who imagined it in the first place and knew it.
I knew Johnny Depp would not be thrown into Movie Jail and doesn't deserve it, but based on this decision alone I would throw him in for a long sentence, not the slap on the wrist that the prosecutor suggested. I do not trust, and I avoid, anything written by David Koepp and Akiva Goldsman. You said Koepp wrote Jurassic Park, which is a pass since that's the movie I've seen most in theaters, but he CO-wrote it with a great scientific co-writer, who imagined it in the first place and knew it. When David Koepp was left alone, he wrote THE LOST WORLD, the biggest absurd follow up outside of BATMAN AND ROBIN, (hence Goldsman, and other things he's written.) The thing with Koepp is that even when he's on his top game, he has the trajectory of a bottle rocket. Things he's written that seemed AWESOME at the time. do not hold up today. SPIDER-MAN 1 was what we needed at the time, with 9/11 and also fans needing a serious down and out fight between villain and hero, but looking back on it, it sucks. And it isn't because we've been desensitized, it's because even if we went a decade without all the awesome stuff we've seen in movies or in real life, it would still suck. Koepp is a writer that appeases audiences. Skip this as much as you can Johnny.
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8:45PM on 07/10/2013
Sounds like a plot to one of the National Treasure films.

I don't care if I get hate for this, but I enjoyed The Lone Ranger. Would love to see a sequel.
Sounds like a plot to one of the National Treasure films.

I don't care if I get hate for this, but I enjoyed The Lone Ranger. Would love to see a sequel.
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