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Biz Break: Johnny Depp Has Only Begun to Sell Out, and Louis C.K. Joins a Prestige Ensemble

By Jodi Smith | Industry | January 14, 2013 |

By Jodi Smith | Industry | January 14, 2013 |

David O. Russell’s next film is a period drama previously/currently called American Bullsh*t. The cast already boasts Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, Jeremy Renner and Amy Adams, but Russell is in talks to have Louis C.K. play an FBI agent in the film. What exactly is the film about? An artist, Mel Weinberg, works with the FBI to alleviate corruption from Atlantic City to D.C. The Eric Singer (The International) script will begin production in February and looks to be released late this year.

That’s a normal schedule of filming to release, wouldn’t you say? Then you have something like G.I. Joe: Retaliation that some people (or just me) keep thinking has already been released. Originally set for June 29th, 2012, the movie has had re-shoots, rumors of more Charming Potato being added, an entirely new cast, and will now be in theaters March 29th of this year. Supposedly **SPOILER ALERT MAYBE** Channing Tatum is killed off in the first act with the rest of the Joes from the first movie. Then Bruce “BE IN ALL THE THINGS” Willis, Dwayne Johnson, Adrianne Palicki, Walton Goggins, Ray Stevenson, D.J. Cotrona, and the returning Ray Park can get their revenge or, as some call it, retaliation, on Cobra. 3D conversion is the given reason for the delay, but I have suspicions because of the re-shoots. At least it can’t be worse than G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, right?


Speaking of sequels, Jeff Nathanson (Catch Me If You Can) is writing the fifth Pirates of the Caribbean movie. Johnny Depp and Jerry Bruckheimer are producing and Depp’s Captain Jack Sparrow is returning as well. Other than that, there are no details about returning cast or a plot. Depp is also attached to Mortimer Wintergreen, a film based loosely on a novel set in the 1890s called “The Magic Hat of Mortimer Wintergreen” Two siblings run away from their terrible aunt and encounter the title character Mortimer Wintergreen. Wintergreen possesses a magical hat. The script is being written by Jack Thorne (“Skins”) for Warner Brothers and if Depp likey then he may well take on the starring role. I smell strange hair and an even stranger voice for Depp!


Now I move back to sequels with the news of a direct-to-video (DVD? Blu-ray? On Demand?) Fright Night 2, starring none of the original actors and taking place in Romania. There will also be direct-to-video on demand A Haunting In Connecticut 2: Ghosts of Georgia, starring Chad Michael Murray. It’s a haunting in Connecticut but in Georgia? Or someone wrote the script and it was decided they would tack on the established movie’s name. I think that’s probably what happened. Gross. Stop it.


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Jodi Smith is a Senior Reporter, Film & Television at Pajiba. You can email her or follow her on Twitter.