To make matters even riskier, My American Lover isn't just a standard love story. It's about the legendary feminist philosopher Simone de Beauvoir, and her love affair with writer Nelson Algren. The couple traveled through Latin America in 1949, and he was the basis of the character Lewis Brogan in her novel The Mandarins. Her letters to Algren were collected in A Transatlantic Love Affair and they are epic, epic stuff.
Depp was characteristically quiet on the project and what it'll mean to work with Paradis (who, it must be stressed, is a successful actress in France), saying only. "It's in preparation. It's called My American Lover. Vanessa plays the French feminist Simone de Beauvoir and I play her lover Nelson Algren who is real macho." Well, good luck to them. Let's hope it's an Adam's Rib kind of collaboration, and not an Eyes Wide Shut that we'll all wince at later.