Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Johnny Depp talks 'Don Quixote', a '21 Jump Street' cameo, and 'Dark Shadows'

Okay, there's quite a bit of Depp news to get to so I'll start with The Man Who Killed Don Quixote. Back in May, there was news that Terry Gilliam was resurrecting The Man Who Killed Don Quixote almost a decade after his first attempt failed. Unfortunately it looks like Johnny Depp won't be signing up again because he's booked from now till the end of time:

I love Terry and I'd do personally anything the guy wants to do," Depp said. "The thing with 'Quixote' is that my dance card is pretty nutty for the next couple of years, so I'd hate to put him in a position to wait for me. That would be wrong."

"We went there and tried for something and whatever it was - the elements and whatever got up beneath us were there and were documented well in that film 'Lost in La Mancha.' I don't know if it's right for me to go back there," Depp said, sounding almost afraid of the 'La Mancha' curse. [CHUD]

Gilliam probably expected this, because he was ready to go even without Johnny Depp. It's enough to make you wonder who the lucky replacement will be.

Now, on to the adaptation of 21 Jump Street. Apparently the remake's star Jonah Hill realizes that the Internet hates his idea to adapt the TV show (I never watched the show, so I can't get on the angry bandwagon, but NO SHIT). Depp, the original star of the TV show, actually likes the idea of the remake. He told MTV he also likes the idea of doing a cameo:

And finally, here's a Dark Shadows update from Bloody-Disgusting (via Empire). Dark Shadows could be the next Tim Burton/Johnny Depp movie after Alice in Wonderland. Depp says that the script is "very close" and they'll "probably attack it next year."

Dark Shadows was a gothic soap opera that aired from 1966 until 1971. The show included ghosts, vampires, zombies, werewolves, and cast members often portrayed more than one character. Also, the special effects were atrocious, but Johnny Depp loves the show.

Okay, a lot of people will say Burton has done this before, but this is what he does best. When Burton has veered off his style, it usual ends up with disastrous results. Planet of the Apes anyone?

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