Gore Verbinski and Johnny Depp Developing Rango Together
by Alex Billington
September 10, 2008
Paramount is developing a new animated CGI film titled Rango with Pirates of the Caribbean director Gore Verbinski set to direct. In addition to Verbinski, Johnny Depp is on board to provide the voice of the lead character, described as "a household pet that goes on an adventure to discover its true self." The film is tentatively scheduled for March 2011 and the CGI will be completed at Industrial Light and Magic. The script for Rango was written by John Logan (The Last Samurai, The Aviator, Sweeney Todd) and is based on an idea from Verbinski. While Verbinski is preparing his adaptation of Bioshock, he'll be directing Rango, but as for which we'll see first, I can't yet say, considering this isn't due until 2011.
Considering the third Pirates movie was incredible dark because Disney just let Verbinski do what he wanted, I'm curious whether we'll ever see him go back down that route ever again. Unfortunately I think the concept for this film will be borrowed from Disney's Bolt more than anything. Rango will use cutting-edge animation techniques that "will allow us to capture and translate every aspect of Johnny’s performance, using it to drive the computer-generated character in a way that has yet to be seen in an animated feature," Verbinski said. As far as I know, this is one of ILM's first fully-animated feature films. I'm interested in seeing how it all develops and whether it actually turns out pretty good. Thoughts?