Johnny Depp in talks for ‘Mordecai,’ Chinese producer DMG joins his ‘Transcendence’

By Daniel S Levine,

Johnny Depp is not going to let the failure of The Lone Ranger slow him down. He’s already in talks for a new film called Mordecai, in which he would play an art dealer. Meanwhile, Chinese producer DMG Entertainment has boarded his current project, Transcendence.

The Wrap confirmed that Depp is close to committing to Mordecai, a film based on Kyril Bonfiglioli’s The Great Mortdecai Moustache Mystery. The project had stalled at Warner Bros. and landed at Lionsgate after turnaround.

Veteran screenwriter David Koepp (Jurassic Park, Jack Ryan, Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s Premium Rush) will direct, using a script by Eric Aronson.

Depp will be the title character, an art dealer who frequently gets himself into messes with criminals and spies. His new adventure has him trying to find a stolen painting that could have a code to lost Nazi treasure. If this is a hit, it could start a new series, since Moustache Mystery is the fourth book to feature the character.

Depp is currently working on Wally Pfister's Transcendence, which now has a new co-producer, China’s DMG Entertainment. Both The Hollywood Reporter and Variety confirmed the news, noting that DMG will distribute the Alcom film in China. Warners is distributing in the U.S. It hits theaters in April 2014.

Even though The Lone Ranger bombed, Depp has plenty of opportunities to revive his career. There’s Pirates of the Caribbean 5 coming in 2015 and Into The Woods. He did have a chance to play Whitey Bulger, but dropped out due to a salary dispute.

image: CBS

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