Stop me if you’ve heard this before: “The Tourist”, a remake of the French thriller “Anthony Zimmer”, has lost its leading man. Oh, and it’s also lost its director. On the bright side? Johnny Depp is currently in negotiations to take over the leading man role, recently snatched up only to be ditched by Aussie “it” boy Sam Worthington. Also departing: director Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, who was announced as joining the picture less than a month ago. Word is, both are leaving because of the ever-popular excuse, “creative differences”.
The Depp role is that of an American tourist in Europe who is drawn into a plot to capture a notorious criminal by a determined Interpol agent to be played by Angelina Jolie. The role was originally Tom Cruise’s, but he bailed and was replaced by Worthington. You gotta wonder where Depp is going to get the time to do another movie in 2010, what with “Pirates of the Caribbean 4″ gearing up. Or is it?
Meanwhile, it was just last month that Jolie herself approved Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck as the film’s new director. He was supposed to replace Bharat Nalluri, who was attached to the movie back when Tom Cruise was still hanging around. “Children of Men” director Alfonso Cuaron is now the director circling the project.
And oh yeah, Jolie? She replaced Charlize Theron in the role. If the pattern holds, I expect Jolie to bail in a couple of months, and be replaced by Lindsay Lohan. Or possibly Paris Hilton. Hey, it can happen.
GK Films, meanwhile, is still hoping to start shooting in February 2010. Ambitious kids, those guys at GK Films.