Johnny Depp is one of those actors who, when he finds a director he likes, sticks with that director. He's done eight movies with Tim Burton, five with Gore Verbinski (counting last week's "Lone Ranger"), nearly three with Terry Gilliam, and will have done two with Rob Marshall by the end of next year. Now another director is about to join this rarefied fraternity: David Koepp.
Koepp, a screenwriter who has penned everything from "The Shadow" to "Jurassic Park," previously directed Depp in the gonzo Stephen King adaptation "Secret Window." According to The Wrap, the two are currently in talks to reteam on "Mortdecai," a movie that sounds just as bizarre and awesome. Based on a three-part book series by Kyril Bonfiglioli, the film would star Depp as Charles Mortdecai, a roguish art dealer/occasional criminal who's out to recover a stolen painting rumored to contain the code to a bank account filled with Nazi gold.
Koepp will write and direct, drawing on an earlier draft by Eric Aronson.
This larger, more complex project marks a departure for Koepp, whose directorial projects are usually small-scale and slightly more esoteric, such as the Kevin Bacon ghost story "Stir of Echoes" and the Joseph Gordon-Levitt bike messenger thriller "Premium Rush." What's more, with the movie based on a series of books, it has the potential to be a new franchise. Because, you know, Depp needs more of those.
[via The Wrap h/t Variety]