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WB wants Johnny Depp for CARTER BEATS THE DEVIL

Joshua Brunsting

by: Joshua Brunsting
June 29th, 2011

Of all the novels penned over the past decade or so, one of the pieces most eagerly awaited when it comes to a big screen adaptation is Glen David Gold’s Carter Beats The Devil. Released all the way back in 2002, the book has been sought after by studios and producers all around Hollywood.  However, no one has been able to crack the code that would bring the film to theaters.

Well, according to 24 Frames, Warner Bros. is looking to one of Hollywood’s biggest stars to help change that.  Originally optioned by one Tom Cruise, the project was once even set to be an AMC TV show at one point, but now WB has nabbed up the rights and put it on the fast track, according to the outlet.

The film will be penned by KEEP COMING BACK writer Michael Gilio, and the studio has Johnny Depp in their sights to star in the film, with the film now out to directors before casting begins.

However, before getting too excited, one must remember two things. First, Depp’s slate is chock full of projects ranging from THE LONE RANGER to THE THIN MAN, so time itself may not be too friendly to this casting dream for WB. Also, at this point, it’s just a wish on WB’s part, so this has a very good likelihood of falling apart, as the project’s history has given us nothing else to anticipate.

That all said, I think this could be really great, if it comes together. The story follows a magician who is wrapped up in a conspiracy surrounding the death of President Harding, so there is room for a lot of intrigue. I haven’t read the book, but I do know that Depp would be a wonderful choice for this role if he indeed chooses to take it on.

What do you think?

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