So if, like me, you were hoping that Quentin Tarantino’s next film might be Kill Bill Vol. 3, you’re going to be disappointed.
The director has announced that his next film will be a western.
Tarantino broke the news to Jay Leno on Tuesday’s The Tonight Show. “I haven’t told anyone this publicly, but I will say the genre: It’s a western,” he said. The writer-director also added that it will not be a sequel to last year’s Oscar-winning Django Unchained.
“I had so much fun doing Django, and I love westerns so much that after I taught myself how to make one, it’s like ‘OK! Let me make another one now that I know what I’m doing,’” Tarantino said.
He didn’t say who he plans on working with, but during promotional rounds for Django, he did say he’d love to work with Johnny Depp.
“We would love to work together. We’ve talked about it for years,” Tarantino said in a recent interview with Charlie Rose [via The Playlist]. “We’re obviously fans of each other. It just needs to be the right character. I just need to write the right character that I think Johnny would be the right guy to do it with. And if he agrees, then we’ll do it. And then it’ll be magical. I haven’t written the perfect character for Johnny Depp as of yet. Maybe someday I will, maybe someday I won’t. We’ll see.”
Last year, in an interview with Playboy, Tarantino indicated he might quit filmmaking in the near future.
“Who knows what I’ll do? I just don’t want to be an old-man filmmaker,” he told the magazine. “I want to stop at a certain point. Directors don’t get better as they get older. Usually the worst films in their filmography are those last four at the end. I am all about my filmography, and one bad film f—s up three good ones. I don’t want that bad, out-of-touch comedy in my filmography, the movie that makes people think, ‘Oh man, he still thinks it’s 20 years ago.’ When directors get out-of-date, it’s not pretty.”
If you missed it, Tarantino released his top 10 films of 2013 last month. Kick Ass 2, The Lone Ranger and This is the End were among his picks. You can check them all out here.
What do you think about QT doing a western next? Were you hoping for Kill Bill Vol. 3? Sound off in the comments.
Variety is reporting that Jurassic Park 4 has been given an official release date of June 12, 2015.
The film was originally set to open in 2014, but that date was pushed back so that director Colin Trevorrow and co-writer Derek Connolly could polish the original script by Rise of the Planet of the Apes scribes Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver. Production was also delayed so that Steven Spielberg could share his input on the new film as well.
Bryce Dallas Howard, David Oyelowo and Garrett Hedlund are being eyed as possible leads in the new instalment. Stars of the original film Richard Attenborough and Jeff Goldblum may also return to their parts as John Hammond and Dr Ian Malcolm
Plot details have not been officially announced, but JoBlo has previously reported that Jurassic World will be set in present day Isla Nublar (the island from the first film) and could feature aquatic dinosaurs.
And on the same day as this cool Jurassic news, Disney has announced it is pulling Pirates of the Caribbean 5 off its summer 2015 schedule and moving up Marvel’s Ant-Man to July 31, 2015.
Ant-Man, directed by Edgar Wright, will be the first film in Marvel’s Phase Three superhero series.
The next Pirates film – Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales – was slated for release July 10, 2015. It now looks more likely that it will open in May 2016.
According to Variety the film is being tweaked and will go before cameras in the fall of 2014.
Kon-Tiki helmers Joachim Ronning and Espen Sandberg will direct.
I think this is good news for Johnny Depp. Summer 2015 will be crowded with blockbusters – Avengers: Age of Ultron, Terminator 5 and Man of Steel 2 are all set to open in the summer months, with Star Wars: Episode VII also possible – and Johnny is in desperate need of a hit following a string of recent failures.
Johnny Depp’s The Lone Ranger is riding a wave of bad reviews into multiplexes today.
Usually the 50-year-old star is can’t-miss at the box office. But Disney could have a John Carter-sized problem with The Lone Ranger. The film has opened to some of the worst reviews of Depp’s career, and with a $225 million budget producers could take a huge hit on the film.
Critics have ripped the film to shreds, with over 70 negative reviews posted on Rottentomatoes.com. And Boxoffice.com is predicting Lone Ranger will open in the $30 million range, which is just slightly higher than Will Smith’s catastrophic After Earth.
Johnny…what happened? I haven’t seen it yet (and I do love Depp, so I probably will – bad reviews be damned), but Sun Media has its own lone ranger – Bruce Kirkland – who gives the film four stars.
“Lone Ranger ends with one of the most exhilarating, dynamic and death-defying action sequences ever filmed for a summer blockbuster,” Kirkland writes.
Besides that, you have to sift through rubble to find anything decent about the movie. But don’t worry, I’ve unearthed some dingers for your enjoyment.
From Gawker: “It’s such a boring story. It includes a pocket-watch motif—several characters stare into clock faces just slightly less animated than them. Each tick mocks you for the time you’ve wasted.”
From Bloomberg: “At two hours and 30 minutes, “Lone Ranger” runs out of steam long before its locomotives do.”
From Culture Catch: “This small-spirited, 149-minute trek into the lobotomized minds of Hollywood’s most “creative” bigwigs is so far the worst offering of the summer season, and let’s just say it’s had some tough competition.”
From the Detroit News: “The Lone Ranger” is a pounding headache of a movie – loud, dumb, overlong and pointless.”
From the San Francisco Chronicle: “It represents 2 1/2 of the longest hours on record, a jumbled botch that is so confused in its purpose and so charmless in its effect that it must be seen to be believed, but better yet, no. Don’t see it, don’t believe it, not unless a case of restless leg syndrome sounds like a fun time at the movies.”
Do you plan on seeing The Lone Ranger, or has Johnny Depp lost his mojo? Let me know what you think in the comments. Oh, and if you’re worried that only critics hated the movie, check out what people on Twitter have to say about the film.
After kickstarting his career on TV’s 21 Jump Street, actor Johnny Depp (who joins the 50 club this weekend) slowly became Hollywood’s go-to actor when the part called for eccentric mixed with a dash of cool.
Tim Burton famously took a chance on the heartthrob by casting him in 1990’s Edward Scissorhands, and then again 1994’s Ed Wood. But until his iconic role as Captain Jack Sparrow, Depp was a bit of a niche thing, lingering on the periphery of Tinseltown’s A-list.
In the ‘90s, while contemporaries like Brad Pitt, Keanu Reeves and Christian Slater (yeah, where is he now?) became household names, he eschewed big-budget fare in favour of edgier roles like Jim Jarmusch’s Dead Man and Lasse Hallström’s What’s Eating Gilbert Grape? And when he tried to be commercial, like in the disastrous Nick of Time, Depp did his best to be different from the pack.
But in 2003, Pirates of the Caribbean came along and sent his career into orbit. Since then he has been mostly money, with a few notable exceptions – The Tourist, The Rum Diary and last year’s Dark Shadows.
Depp’s latest blockbuster, The Lone Ranger, opens next month, and before we get a look at Johnny’s Tonto, let’s take a look back at his best moments on film. Don’t like my choices? Sound off in the comments below.
CIA agent Sheldon Sands – Once Upon a Time in Mexico
I love this movie for Depp’s shirts alone – Cleavage Inspection Agency, I’m with Stupid – but there’s a whimsical swagger he uses to steal every scene he’s in.
Edward Scissorhands – Edward Scissorhands
In his first collab with director Tim Burton, Depp made himself virtually unrecognizable with thick makeup, dishelved hair and sharp protuberances for hands. His tragic dramedy wasn’t a hit at the time, but became a cult classic in the years that followed, and was the basis for his longest creative partnership. And hey, if there is one Depp film that needs a sequel, wouldn’t you like it to be this?
Jack Sparrow – Pirates of the Caribbean
I don’t even think Disney saw this juggernaut coming. But in a crowded summer movie season, a film based on a Disney ride ended up being one of the biggest films of 2003. Since then, the character has become his most lucrative spawning four sequels with a fifth due out in 2015.
Willy Wonka – Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
For this performance, Depp told Ellen DeGeneres he imagined “what George Bush would be like incredibly stoned.” And here I thought he was supposed to be riffing on Michael Jackson.
Raoul Duke – Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
Depp shaved his head and chain smoked his way through his dazzling performance of Hunter S. Thomson’s alter ego in Terry Gilliam’s acid-filled Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. Too bad 2011’s The Rum Diary didn’t have the same kind of fearless bravado.
Joe Pistone – Donnie Brasco
Going up against acting legend Al Pacino in 1997’s Donnie Brasco was Depp’s first real test. He passed with flying colours playing a real-life undercover FBI agent who infiltrated the mob in the ‘70s. It’s a stylish, understated performance that should have netted him an Oscar.
Sweeney Todd – Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
By 2007, there was no dispute that Depp could act, but what about his singing? Tim Burton cast him as a serial killing barber who murders his customers who are then baked into pies. Oh yeah, and he likes to sing too. It was risky, but under Burton’s close eye, Depp proved he could be a villain and carry a tune.
John Dillinger – Public Enemies
It’s not a perfect movie, but Michael Mann’s gunfights, and Depp’s slick villain made 2009’s Public Enemies a treat to watch. Christian Bale’s G-Man also proved the Batman star could play a mean second fiddle.
Gilbert Grape – What’s Eating Gilbert Grape?
As the lead star in an ensemble film that co-starred Leo DiCaprio, Depp was the emotional centre in this quirky film about a family living in Endora, Iowa (Pop. 1,091). Grape has dreams for his future (maybe not big ones), but he’s the glue holding together a family that includes a 500-pound mother and a disabled brother. There was a real subdued gentleness in this performance that still shines through 20-plus years later.
Rango – Rango
I loved how Pirates director Gore Verbinski literally made an animated version of Depp for this hilarious desert flick. Who woulda thunk he had the vocal chops to play a fast-talking lizard? Or the time? It’s heaps of fun, and it’s one of the rare Depp films you can actually watch with kids.
Curious how Johnny has fared at the box office? You can test your knowledge by taking our little interactive. And if you don’t like my picks, let us know your favourite films in the comments below.