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The Tourist regains director

AngelinaJolie.jpgSome time ago we heard that the director of The Lives of Others, Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, was leaving the production of The Tourist due to creative differences. Many names have been associated with the project since, including Alfonso Cuarón, but word is out today that hes back on the film and taking the reigns once again. Creative differences over.

Thats good news for the production, although the rumour of Cuarón did feel like a good one, Donnersmarck could really bring some strength to the film, if hes allowed to do things his way of course and isnt overly tied by the studio demands.

One would hope that Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck is returning because he's obtained the creative freedom he wanted, and not that the studio have given him enough cash in order to do it, or the promise of the next film is his film, but that he genuinely has been given the space to get on with the project and develop it his way.

Either way it has to be good news for the production that boasts Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp, a strange choice indeed these days considering his other roles.

The Tourist is a remake of the French spy thriller Anthony Zimmer, and looks to carry a similar plot, although that might be changing if the creative differences are now solved. A plot that sees an American tourist being used by an Interpol Agent to flush a rarely seen criminal out of hiding, except the agent and the tourist once had an affair and are carrying plenty of baggage along the way.

Its strange to think of Depp in this role, and it harks me back to his early days when he did thrillers, such as the real time based Nick of Time, not the current character based, comic actor who works in very few roles unless they are Burton or Disney.

Still, as difficult as it is for me to see him in the part, the line-up is strong, and now with the director of The Lives of Others on the film as Variety through JoBlo reports, I think were in for something powerful that could even be better than the original. Of course Donnersmarck has his own film to remake first, the English version The Lives of Others.



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