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Von Donnersmarck may still direct THE TOURIST

Kate Erbland

by: Kate Erbland
November 9th, 2009

Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck

This is wearing thin. Back in August, word came out that Tom Cruise was out of THE TOURIST, and new action golden boy Sam Worthington was possibly taking over his role. Then, in October, we found out that leading lady Charlize Theron was out, and Angelina Jolie might be assuming her role. Within a week, the rumor was out that Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck was in as director. Then, last week, a whole mess of news came down the pipeline – Worthington was out! Johnny Depp may be in! Von Donnersmarck was out! Alfonso Cuaron may be in! Is your head spinning yet? Because mine is. Soon, I’ll be drawing flow charts to track the various progressions of this remake.

Now, Movieline has exclusively revealed that von Donnersmarck is not as out as we may have been led to believe. Even better, this is word coming right from von Donnersmarck’s mouth. When asked about his involvement with THE TOURIST, THE LIVES OF OTHERS director told the Movieline kids, "In the trades, everything they say…I think you can discount a lot of it…It’s just a way of talking about the business, and sometimes things get out about heated points of discussion. We’ll see how it plays out with that one."

Hmm…"a way of talking about the business." Hardball, anyone? In any case, von Donnersmarck maintains that he is still attached to THE TOURIST.

THE TOURIST is based on ANTHONY ZIMMER, a French thriller from 2005. The film focused on the titular Anthony Zimmer, a man on the run from both the police and the Russian mafia. Things get infinitely more sticky when he undergoes plastic surgery to make him unrecognizable to his foes. Eventually, his mistress picks an innocent man (the tourist) who resembles pre-surgery Zimmer to pose as him, luring in his chasers. The American version of the film will focus on a female spy (the role Jolie would play) who uses an innocent tourist (the role Depp is in talks for) to draw out a criminal she once had an affair with.

The film is slated for a 2011 release.

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