“The Lone Ranger” is riding again. The pricey Disney movie (with a $250 million budget or more, depending on whom you ask) is nearing the end of one of the longest principal-photography shoots in recent memory.
Filming on the Johnny Depp starrer began February 28 in New Mexico and is expected to wrap at the end of September, for a total of between 140 and 150 shooting days. (The on-set death September 21 of a welder who was preparing an underwater action sequence for the film is not expected to impact the timeline.)
Many who have worked with director Gore Verbinski (the first three Pirates of the Caribbean), whose pursuit of authenticity and scope caused the construction of massive sets and real working trains, say they aren’t surprised by the length. “He likes to shoot and shoot and shoot,” says one insider.
But some delays were beyond Disney’s control: Wind and dust storms damaged the sets, and Johnny reportedly was injured in a fall from a horse.
Authorities are investigating the apparent drowning of a crew member on the set of forthcoming Johnny Depp film The Lone Ranger, near Los Angeles.
The unnamed 48-year-old diver is thought to have suffered a heart attack while cleaning out a pool that was going to be used in the film. He was pronounced dead on Friday according to the coroner’s spokesman.
Walt Disney studios said: “Our hearts and thoughts are with his family, friends, and colleagues at this time.” Spokesman Paul Roeder added in a statement: “Our full support is behind the investigation into the circumstances of this terrible event.”
Police revealed the man had been wearing scuba equipment to carry out maintenance on a deep pool on a ranch near Palmdale, in the desert north of Los Angeles, where the Western is being filmed. It is thought he was preparing a tank for an underwater scene to be shot at a later date.
JohnnyDeppWeb‘s prayers and thoughts are with his beloved family, friends and colleagues. May he rest in peace!
Johnny Depp has a close relationship with his nephew Billy Rassel and has even collaborated with him on a music project.
‘We interact just like any other family, but I guess the best way to describe our relationship is that of anyone else who has an uncle that likes to do shit with you that your parents don’t approve of,’ Billy tells Perez Hilton. ‘Almost like brothers.’
Gossip guru Perez Hilton reveals Johnny, 49, does his stuff on Billy’s song Street Runners under the alias Mr Stench. You can find the video in which you can hear his voice below.
Johnny Depp is one of the only guys out there who seems to dispute that whole “jack of all trades, master of none” thing. The actor never makes a misstep, and the guys in Aerosmith agree.
While recording their latest album, “Music From Another Dimension“, Johnny recorded some backup vocals for the guys on the track “Freedom Fighter”. Aerosmith open up about how their collabo came about:
“[Depp] came down [to the studio] with one of his guitars and it got late, and it came time for the background vocals. We asked him if he’d sit around the microphone. He did and that’s how he ended up on the song.” Easy as that, folks. Just be Johnny Depp and the world is your oyster.
The star will also produce the live action feature inspired by the life of the classic children’s book author.
Oh, the places he’ll go! It’s almost too perfect: Johnny Depp as Dr. Seuss.
Illumination Entertainment and Infinitum Nihil are developing a live-action movie about the life of classic children’s author and illustrator Dr. Seuss (aka Theodor Geisel). Depp will produce the project with the potential to star as Seuss, and Universal Pictures will distribute. Keith Bunin (In Treatment) has been hired to write the screenplay.
Depp is producing with Infinitum Nihil partner Christi Dembrowski, Illumination’s Christopher Meledandri and David Kennedy.
With Depp already having brought to life the Mad Hatter, Peter Pan author J.M. Barrie and Willy Wonka, the iconic Seuss seems a great fit for his chameleonic personality and recent desire to make family films. While producers say that the film is unlikely to take the fantastical CGI-coated style of Alice in Wonderland, which grossed more than a billion dollars worldwide with Depp in the lead, they are not ruling out animated bells and whistles. As some of the most popular works of all time, Geisel’s books have sold more than 200 million copies worldwide.
Like most giant stars, Johnny Deppis attached to far more projects than he could ever appear in, so any news of upcoming development is near meaningless. With that in mind, here are three more pieces of meat that Depp is adding to his plate.
Slashfilm is reporting that he’ll be continuing his engrossing and high grossing relationship with Disney by developing an adaptation of the 1970s made-for-TV movie The Night Stalker which features a journalist who starts to believe that serial killings in and around Las Vegas are actually the work of a vampire (which sounds curiously like the new Fright Night). Along with The Mouse, Depp is also trying to bring the story of Paul Revere’s midnight ride to life. Here’s hoping he doesn’t do all his research for it on Wikipedia.
If that weren’t enough, Depp wants to start moving on In the Hand of Dante with Julian Schnabel as the director. According to The Playlist, the project isn’t exactly official, but Depp owns the rights, and Schnabel claims, “We’re gonna work on writing it, developing it.” The story, adapted from the book by Nick Tosches splits its time between Dante finding inspiration to write his “Divine Comedy” in the 14th century and a fictionalized Nick Tosches sinking into the underworld in 2001.
It’s unclear whether any of these projects will ever see cameras roll, or if Depp will be in front of them when they do, but there are definitely some interesting concepts here. The world can probably live without more vampires, but an Early American-set action adventure could be a lot of fun, and anything about tortured Sicilian writers descending into a personal Hell has certainly got some meat on its bones.
Johnny has been nominated for Teen Choice Awards in three different categories:
Choice Movie Actor: Action
Dwayne Johnson – Fast Five, Faster
Johnny Depp – The Tourist
Paul Walker – Fast Five
Vin Diesel – Fast Five
Michael Cera- Scott Pilgrim VS. The World
Choice Movie Actor: Sci Fi/Fantasy
Robert Pattinson- The Twilight Saga: Eclipse
Ryan Reynolds- Green Lantern
Daniel Radcliffe – Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows: Part 1
Taylor Lautner- The Twilight Saga: Eclipse
Johnny Depp- Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
Choice Animated Movie Voice
Justin Timberlake-Yogi Bear
Anne Hathaway- Rio
Jack Black- Kung Fu Panda 2
Go and vote for him every day at TCA Official Site to bring him to top once again!!!
2006 was the year of the magician, with a series of conjuror themed films battling it out in the hearts and minds of America, a battle won quite handily by Christopher Nolan’s underrated movie The Prestige. Yet even with all the magic acts on screen that year, magicians never became the new pirates. Maybe what the Penn Jillettes of this world need is Johnny Depp.
The LA Times says Johnny Depp is at the top of Warner Bros. list of actors they want to play the lead in Carter Beats the Devil. The film, currently in development at the studio, is based on a book by Glen David Gold. His novel takes a 1920s magician and puts him in a strange and mysterious situation. The story mixes in historical figures, for instance at some point the main character Charles Carter will attempt to saw then president Warren G. Harding in half.
This movie has been sitting around in development hell for awhile now, at one point even Tom Cruise was supposed to be involved. But if you’re looking for a flamboyant magician look no further than Johnny Depp. He’s your main if you’re looking for someone to play a less annoying version of David Blaine. Actually just give Jack Sparrow a top hat and you pretty much have this part cast.
For now Depp is just one of the names they’re rumored to be considering. Johnny may have his hands full with other projects. He’s currently in pre-production on The Lone Ranger and somewhere along the way he’s been filming Dark Shadows, to say nothing of the other half-dozen or so upcoming films he’s rumored to be involved in.
Vanity Fair has made a list to creative figures—stars, directors, producers—and to the money they earn from films. Johnny Depp is #2 with $100 Million of earnings.
2. Johnny Depp
ACTOR (United Talent Agency)
ESTIMATED 2010 EARNINGS: $100 MILLION (2009 rank: 21)
- $40 million: Alice in Wonderland (back-end for starring in Tim Burton film, based on worldwide gross of $1.02 billion)
- $35 million: Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (up-front money for starring in next installment of Jerry Bruckheimer’s waterlogged but ludicrously profitable franchise)
- $20 million: The Tourist (fee for co-starring in one of the year’s bigger flops alongside Angelina Jolie)
- $5 million: Older film revenue
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Johnny is nominated for 68th Annual Golden Globe Awards in the category BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A MOTION PICTURE – COMEDY OR MUSICAL for both Alice in Wonderland and The Tourist!
Johnny Depp – Alice in Wonderland
Johnny Depp – The Tourist
Paul Giamatti – Barney’s Version
Jake Gyllenhaal – Love And Other Drugs
Kevin Spacey – Casino Jack
Also both films are nominated for BEST MOTION PICTURE – COMEDY OR MUSICAL
Alice in Wonderland – Walt Disney Pictures; Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
Burlesque – Screen Gems; Sony Pictures Releasing
The Kids Are All Right – Antidote Films, Mandalay Vision, Gilbert Films; Focus Features
Red – di Bonaventura Pictures; Summit Entertainment
The Tourist – GK Films; Sony Pictures Releasing
Let’s wish Johnny good luck!