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Lionsgate Chairman Says Johnny Depp's 'Mortdecai' A Potential 'Pink Panther'-Esque Franchise

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 7, 2014 12:45 PM
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Johnny Depp
Because we live in a time when there's going to be at least four "The Amazing Spider-Man" movies, and "The Transporter" is getting an origin story, it's no surprise that studios want franchises. Basically, the thinking is that audiences would prefer to see a story they already know, rather than something original (which in the eyes of studios, is potentially risky). Which brings us to franchise grandaddy Johnny Depp, who is the swashbuckling billion dollar man behind four "Pirates Of The Caribbean" movies (with a fifth on the way), while also the face of the "Alice In Wonderland" series (with "Through The Looking Glass" coming in 2016). So naturally, Lionsgate wants a bit of that pie.

Robert Zemeckis Courted For Charlie Kaufman-Penned YA Adaptation 'Chaos Walking'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • September 10, 2013 6:00 PM
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Last year Robert Zemeckis made his long overdue return to live-action filmmaking with "Flight," a drama that had something of a bumpy ride creatively, but wound up making a whole lot of money on a very small budget (especially for the director of elaborate, effects-driven rollercoasters like "Back to the Future" and "Who Framed Roger Rabbit"). Now, Zemeckis looks like he's being pulled back into the world of mega-budget fantasy, as Lionsgate is lining up the director for "Chaos Walking," a new YA adaptation being penned by "Being John Malkovich" scribe Charlie Kaufman.

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