JOHNNY DEPP AS HARRY HOUDINI?
It has surfaced recently that actor Johnny Depp could be up for a role in Lionsgate's The Secret Life of Harry Houdini: The Making of America's First Superhero, now that is a mouthful. The film already has a director and a writer in the form of Red 2's Dean Parisot and and The Maze Runner writer, Noah Oppenheim, who has adapted the script from a 2007 biography by William Kalush and Larry Sloman. To me, Parisot seems like an odd choice to direct what would be a rather serious film and the director has only helmed comedies in the past having done episodes of Modern Family and Curb Your Enthusiasm, as well as Fun with Dick and Jane. Even weirder is that the film is being described as a 'Indiana Jones style' film in which Houdini is an investigator of the Occult, so a straight biography clearly isn't what Parisot and Oppenheim are going for.
But the real news is that Johnny Depp could possibly be taking on the role as the world's most famous escape artist. It doesn't come as much of a surprise that Depp is in talks for the role seeing as he is one of the most popular actors in Hollywood. His most famous role as Jack Sparrow in the Pirates of the Caribbean films have a touch of the Indiana Jones about them with their family friendly sense of adventure. Also both franchises had the inability to stop while they were ahead. Although Depp seems to no longer be enjoying the success he once had with the Pirates films after his science fiction thriller, Transcendence, flopped spectacularly at the box office. Along with The Lone Ranger and Dark Shadows, which both failed to attract the audience. Maybe the once great actor has lost his grip on the Box Office or maybe the audience are finally coming to the realisation that Depp is a above average character actor who just happened to be good in one role in one film. Could Houdini be the role that gets Depp back in the game or will it be just another Lone Ranger? What do you think? Comment below and let me know.