Julian Schnabel

Like most giant stars, Johnny Depp is attached to far more projects than he could ever appear in, so any news of upcoming development is near meaningless. With that in mind, here are three more pieces of meat that Depp is adding to his plate. Slashfilm is reporting that he’ll be continuing his engrossing and high grossing relationship with Disney by developing an adaptation of the 1970s made-for-TV movie The Night Stalker which features a journalist who starts to believe that serial killings in and around Las Vegas are actually the work of a vampire (which sounds curiously like the new Fright Night). Along with The Mouse, Depp is also trying to bring the story of Paul Revere’s midnight ride to life. Here’s hoping he doesn’t do all his research for it on Wikipedia. If that weren’t enough, Depp wants to start moving on In the Hand of Dante with Julian Schnabel as the director. According to The Playlist, the project isn’t exactly official, but Depp owns the rights, and Schnabel claims, “We’re gonna work on writing it, developing it.” The story, adapted from the book by Nick Tosches splits its time between Dante finding inspiration to write his “Divine Comedy” in the 14th century and a fictionalized Nick Tosches sinking into the underworld in 2001.

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“Wait a minute, Jack. Excuse me, but can we talk in about eight minutes? Would you call back through the office? I was just on the phone with Javier Bardem, and I forgot I was talking to him. Can I just call him back?” Those were the first words acclaimed artist Julian Schnabel said to me. Of course, being the polite gent that I am, I said “no problem at all,” because it wasn’t a problem, even though the wait was for more than eight minutes. During the duration of time I waited to get a call back, a serious problem arose. I began to ponder what it must be like for Julian Schnabel to go from talking to someone as interesting as Javier Bardem to… well, me. I started to feel uneasy, which is a sensation I rarely get before an interview. But really, who on earth would want to go from speaking with Javier Bardem to the young guy from Film School Rejects? I certainly wouldn’t. And how do you forget you were talking to Javier Bardem? But Schnabel did call back, and it was as interesting a conversation as I could’ve hoped. My questions weren’t exactly focused on his latest film, Miral, as I was adamant about getting his thoughts on commercialism, what type of prep he does, and his collaborative process. Sadly, I wasn’t able to take him up on his offer mentioned below, but based on our 15 minute conversation, I would have loved nothing more than to converse with […]

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