The start of production on the fifth installment of Disney’s multibillion-dollar “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise has been delayed until at least this fall, prompting the studio to change its projected release date from July 10, 2015, to “Unset.”
Producer Jerry Bruckheimer told The Hollywood Reporter that there are issues with the script (something that’s probably pretty common when you’re on to Popcorn Movie No. 5) and they’re hoping to get the show on the high seas by summer 2016.
But they better hurry up before the end comes nigh for franchise cornerstone Johnny Depp. The 50-year-old actor, who at this time is the only returning star officially attached to Pirates 5 (which is currently listed on IMDb as POTC: Dead Men Tell No Tales), told the BBC in July that his retirement from moviemaking is “probably not too far away.”
Warner Bros is in talks with Joel Edgerton to star in “Shantaram“, an adaptation of the Gregory David Roberts novel that is being produced by Inifinitum Nihil partners Johnny Depp and Christi Dembrowski, and GK Films’ Graham King. Following a couple of stalled attempts to get this movie up and running after the studio paid $2 million for the rights in 2004, Johnny himself jump started the process by personally courting Edgerton to play a role Johnny once intended to play before the film was derailed by the Writer’s Strike.
Edgerton is being courted for the lead role of a remarkable protagonist who, at the time the book became a sensation in Hollywood, was said to have been modeled after the author in a thinly veiled memoir. He starts as an Australian heroin addict who escapes a maximum-security prison, reinvents himself as a doctor in the slums of India and eventually uses gun-running and counterfeiting skills to fight against the invading Russian troops in Afghanistan.
Michelle Bollom, a Rockport native posted on the social media site Instagram a photo of Depp taken by a friend. Proud of her hometown, she added this caption: “Oh yeah, Johnny Depp likes to fish in Rockport! My hometown with guide Todd Adams.”
After posting the image Saturday night, Bollom got busy doing other things. Her twin children, a boy and a girl, started as freshmen Monday at Tomball Memorial High School near Houston, where the family now lives.
By Monday afternoon, however, she couldn’t ignore the furor she had set off. The Houston Chronicle had posted her photo of Depp, along with speculation about the actor’s whereabouts, on its website. Other news outlets posted, too, causing Bollom’s phone to start ringing.
“People are going crazy all around town trying to find him,” said Bollom, whose mother and twin sister still live in Rockport. Bollom’s father was Charles “Popo” Cosby, a well-known artist who ran a Rockport gallery until his death in 2008.
Her friends and family reported Depp ate Sunday at Moon Dog restaurant in Rockport and capped off the night at Legends Saloon. Some said the star was still in town.
On Wednesday, August 21, I received an e-mail from the lovely Carlos Eduardo, who sent me some tattoos of Johnnys characters which were made by the talented Eder R. Katrucha. I uploaded them to our image archive so you can see and rate them. I really really loved those tattoos! Eder, make sure to keep up the good work. And thanks to Carlos for offering his leg and providing us with those amazing tattoos!
This is Johnny Depp as you’ve never seen him before, transformed into virtual form for a new Disney video game that will see the studio’s most iconic characters come face-to-face on screen for the first time.
In fact, Johnny appears not once, but twice – as Tonto from The Lone Ranger and Jack Sparrow from Pirates Of The Caribbean – in Disney Infinity out today.
The game cherry-picks Disney’s best-loved movies to pull out playable characters that interact with each other. It’s a big gamble by the entertainment giant but could prove immensely lucrative as it requires players to buy a starter pack and collect plastic figures costing £12.99 each (see our review ).
Available on consoles and iPad, for now, Infinity concentrates largely on Pixar creations, such as The Incredibles, Cars and Monsters University, but could eventually include hundreds of characters from Disney’s 90-year history, and possibly even Star Wars, raising the bizarre prospect of Mickey Mouse meeting Darth Vader in a lightsaber battle.
“The Newsroom” actress soon could be added to the cast of the adaptation of Kyril Bonfigloi’s anti-hero art dealer novels. I’ve learned Olivia Munn is in negotiations to join Johnny Depp, Gwyneth Paltrow and Ewan McGregor in the David Koepp-directed “Mortdecai“. Details are sketchy about Olivia’s potential role in the Lionsgate thriller, but it’s doubtful that she’ll be playing the Jock Strapp character, Mortdecai’s long-suffering manservant in the books. Eric Aronson wrote the script for the film from Bonfigloi’s 1970s work with Johnny playing the roguish Charlie Mordecai.
Johnny invited Zayn Malick from One Direction boy band to his recording studio and home on Monday, because his daughter is the band’s No. 1 fan. Also in attendance was Alexander DeLeon, lead singer of the band The Cab, who shared a pic of the visit on Instagram, captioning the moment with the “Pirates of the Caribbean” star, “pirate lessons from the one and only. Thanks for having us, mr. depp.”
But this isn’t the first time Depp has talked about his daughter’s love of the band. Back in July, the megastar told Jimmy Kimmel how he arranged for his daughter to see the boy band on another talk show, and then the band followed the two of them back to their house, “to say, ‘hi.’”
Ed Sheeran was also spotted arriving at the studio.
Make sure to watch the Teen Choice Awards 2013 airing LIVE Sunday, August 11 (8:00-10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed) on FOX. Hopefully, all Johnny fans voted for Johnny in the two categories he is nominated in:
• Choice Summer Movie Star: Male – Johnny Depp “The Lone Ranger”
• Choice Movie: Chemistry – Johnny Depp und Armie Hammer “The Lone Ranger”
Smarting from the box office failure of “The Lone Ranger“, Johnny suggests that the movie’s performance was hobbled by unfair expectations and bad reviews, many of which were drafted before its US opening last month.
“I think the reviews were written seven to eight months before we released the film,” Johnny claimed. “[The critics] had expectations that it must be a blockbuster. I don’t have any expectations of that. I never do.”
The Lone Ranger stars Armie Hammer as the resolute Texas lawman and Depp as Tonto, his Comanche spirit guide. Budgeted at $225m, the film suffered a tortuous production process and met with largely scathing reviews on its release in the US. Industry experts predict that the Disney picture may end up losing $150m.
Producers Jerry Bruckheimer and others in the film supported Depp’s complaints:
“I think they were reviewing the budget, not reviewing the movie,” Bruckheimer told Yahoo UK and Ireland. “It’s unfortunate, because the movie is a terrific movie, it’s a great epic film, it has a lot of humour. It’s one of those movies that whatever the critics missed in it this time, they’ll review it in a few years and see that they made a mistake.”
Johnny Depp is looking for a home in Britain. “The Lone Ranger” actor and girlfriend Amber Heard are reportedly eyeing several palatial pads to temporarily call home while he is in the UK to shoot Disney musical, “Into the Woods“.
He was looking to rent a home in Surrey previously occupied by fellow A-list stars Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, but the deal fell through. A source told The Sun newspaper: “He’s keen on the Home Counties [around London] and has his heart set on a ranch.”
Johnny is set to star alongside a who’s who of Hollywood stars in the new film – based on the Broadway musical of the same name – including Oscar winner Meryl Streep, “Star Trek” hunk Chris Pine, James Corden and Emily Blunt.