Johnny Depp and Gore Verbinski get animated
Disappointed as you may have been by the Pirates of the Caribbean sequels, Johnny Depp and director Gore Verbinski clearly had good chemistry. And given that Depp often works with his favorite directors repeatedly (Tim Burton, Terry Gilliam), it's not too big of a surprise that he'll be working with Verbinski again on a new feature. What is quite a surprise is that the team is embarking on an epic $150 million animated feature and turning away from Disney.
"Rango is an oddly charismatic character that is perfectly suited for Johnny Depp's extraordinary abilities," Verbinski said in the film's press release. "The techniques we are employing will allow us to capture and translate every aspect of Johnny's performance, using it to drive the computer-generated character in a way that has yet to be seen in an animated feature. This is not a disembodied voice: Johnny Depp is Rango. We are creating something that will resonate with a broad audience and stick in the minds of kids all across the globe. The characters and circumstances are feeling buoyant and rich in humor and attitude, yet with a surprising emotional depth. I am tremendously excited about the support and enthusiasm we have received at Paramount."
The film is planned for a March 2011 release and is being written by John Logan (Gladiator, Sweeney Todd).
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