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Isnít it terrific that Johnny Depp and Christian Bale have signed on to star in Michael Mannís 30s-era gangster opus PUBLIC ENEMIES? Depp is playing notorious bank robber John Dillinger and Christian Bale will play Mervin Purvis, the man who tracks him down. The picture is based on the book Public Enemies: America's Greatest Crime Wave and the Birth of the FBI, 1933-34 and now the good people at Latino Review have seen the script and have story details that gives all of us Depp/Bale/Mann fansóso basically every humanóa reason to salivate.

According to their source, it wonít be a straight-up biopic of Dillinger, but as the title indicates, a story about the birth of the FBI. Think CATCH ME IF YOU CAN meets THE GOOD SHEPHERD. It will also focus on Dillingerís desperation as his ways Ďbecome obsolete.í Hereís some unspoilerish reaction to the script: "We have a great, twisting plot that balances Dillinger's crime story and his love affair [with a young girl named Billie] with the overall picture of organized crime in the 1930s and how the government was trying to stop it.Ē

They also mentioned fantastic action sequences (a given with Mann), slick dialogue, and well-written characters. This wonít be released until 2009, but if this isnít on your radar then itís broken. Check out the rest of the article HERE.

Extra Tidbit: Leonardo DiCaprio was originally set to play Dillinger but signed on for Scorcese's SHUTTER ISLAND instead.
Source: Latino Review

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3:42PM on 01/22/2008
Hey call me indiana, what part of wisconsin do you live in? I live closer to milwaukee, but I'm definitely going to hunt down this production. Bale and Depp are my all time favorite actors. This is going to be awesome.
Hey call me indiana, what part of wisconsin do you live in? I live closer to milwaukee, but I'm definitely going to hunt down this production. Bale and Depp are my all time favorite actors. This is going to be awesome.
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2:51PM on 01/22/2008
I've been waiting and praying for the day that I'd see my two favorite actors star in a movie together. And as if that wasn't enough to get me crazy excited (and aside from Michael Mann also being the director) they're going to be shooting part of this near my hometown in Wisconsin.

Words can't describe the happiness I feel toward this movie.
I've been waiting and praying for the day that I'd see my two favorite actors star in a movie together. And as if that wasn't enough to get me crazy excited (and aside from Michael Mann also being the director) they're going to be shooting part of this near my hometown in Wisconsin.

Words can't describe the happiness I feel toward this movie.
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1:02PM on 01/22/2008
My love for all things Bale has me on board with this already. Seeing Depp step outside his recent "wacky" box should be interesting as well.
My love for all things Bale has me on board with this already. Seeing Depp step outside his recent "wacky" box should be interesting as well.
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3:17AM on 01/22/2008

Perfect

Freaking sweet. It'll be interesting which "version" of history that will be used for interpretation of the real life characters. Some felt Dillinger was saddled with some crimes he didn't actually commit, and even SURVIVED well into his autumn years (sounds silly, but there are more than a few books that make passionate if questionable cases). Pervis also is celebrated and damned for his iron fisted justice. Will it cover the other deadly criminal Melvin tracked down at all? Don't want to read
Freaking sweet. It'll be interesting which "version" of history that will be used for interpretation of the real life characters. Some felt Dillinger was saddled with some crimes he didn't actually commit, and even SURVIVED well into his autumn years (sounds silly, but there are more than a few books that make passionate if questionable cases). Pervis also is celebrated and damned for his iron fisted justice. Will it cover the other deadly criminal Melvin tracked down at all? Don't want to read the synopsis for fear of too many spoilers. In any case this has the makings of a legit classic.
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1:49AM on 01/22/2008
Oh, DiCaprio, always firmly attached to the Scorsese teat.

I like Johnny Depp better for this role anyway: he needs to get away from fantasy-themed movies. It'll be good to see him without mascara.
Oh, DiCaprio, always firmly attached to the Scorsese teat.

I like Johnny Depp better for this role anyway: he needs to get away from fantasy-themed movies. It'll be good to see him without mascara.
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