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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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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.

Vin Diesel To Star In 'The Last Witch Hunter' -- Is Witch Hunting A Thing Now?

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • September 7, 2012 9:34 AM
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After the recently released "Van Helsing"-ish trailer for the troubled "Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters" comes word that Vin Diesel is being courted for an incredibly similar-sounding Lionsgate-Summit movie called "The Last Witch Hunter," according to The Wrap. The movie, originally set to be directed by "Wanted"/"Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter" director Timur Bekmambetov, will now be helmed by Breck Eisner, who last directed the somewhat underappreciated "Crazies" remake. Must be the season of the witch, huh?

Breck Eisner Looking To Take On Black List Approved 'The Last Witch Hunter'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 17, 2011 12:58 PM
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After losing out on directing "Ouija" to McG -- a decision that must have surely kept him up nights -- and with the remake of "Escape From New York" seemingly stalled, director Breck Eisner is looking for something to do and it looks like he's ready to jump on a bewitching new project (sorry).

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