Alfonso Cuaron Might Direct The Tourist with Johnny Depp!
by Alex Billington
November 4, 2009
Just switch out a few key players, and it becomes an entirely different film. We've been reporting on The Tourist, the Hollywood remake of the 2005 French spy thriller Anthony Zimmer, for more than a year now. Originally Charlize Theron and Tom Cruise were attached to star, but both eventually dropped out. As of a few weeks ago, Angelina Jolie was attached to star along with Sam Worthington. However, there's been yet another change, as THR is reporting that Worthington is now off the project, being replaced by Johnny Depp. But best of all, they're saying Alfonso Cuaron (of Y Tu Mamá También) may end up directing.
In October, we reported that Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, who directed the Oscar winning film The Lives of Others, was being courted by Spyglass Entertainment to direct The Tourist. Nikki Finke of Deadline Hollywood claims that the producers found him "difficult and demanding" and took him off the project. Now they're going after Mexican filmmaker Alfonso Cuaron, who hasn't directed anything since Children of Men in 2006. If he does indeed end up getting the job, that would be quite amazing, as I love Cuaron and have been waiting to see what his big follow-up to Children of Men would be. If this is it, then hell yes!
It sounds just perfect: The Tourist directed by Alfonso Cuaron starring Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp. Please make it happen, Spyglass! Cuaron is "in early talks" and Depp is "in negotiations", so it could all fall through, which may happen knowing this project. No one knows if this is actually close to happening or still a long ways out, but I'm sure we'll hear the moment it gets locked. Either the story in the original is just that good or screenwriter Christopher McQuarrie has turned it into something amazing, because if Cruise, Jolie, Worthington, Theron, and now Depp, have all been interested in The Tourist, that must mean great things.