Those who want to see Johnny Depp on the big screen again won’t have to wait long.
Johnny Depp may have won a libel suit against ex-wife Amber Heard, but that doesn’t mean he’ll headline Hollywood blockbusters again.
Despite the fervent wishes of his die-hard fans, Depp’s reputation is still shattered by the actor’s self-confessed nasty behavior with Heard.
Famous Hollywood studios will not dare to work with Depp again, despite the verdict in his favor – the risk / reward matrix is not true when there are still legions of moviegoers who will boycott everything in which he participates.
His career has also waned over the past decade, no longer the box office success he used to be, so companies like Disney, Warner Bros, Paramount or Universal funding Depp’s film aren’t worth arguing without a guaranteed financial payoff.
But that doesn’t mean he’ll never work again.
Depp’s future lies in independent films, where he poses less of a risk to small-time financiers and filmmakers hoping to tap into his remaining talent and his noisy, frenetic fan base.
Depp already has another project planned, but not in Hollywood.
French actor Maiwenn will play du Barry, while Louis Garrel, Pierre Richard and Noemie Lvovsky will also star in the film. Diversity the film will reportedly begin shooting in the northern hemisphere during the summer, with filming taking place at the Palace of Versailles.
European production company Wild Bunch is funding the picture and put it on the Cannes market earlier this year to sell global distribution rights. It is unknown how successful his sales efforts were.
Wild Bunch has previously supported a host of critically acclaimed arthouse films, including one by Ken Loach. I am Daniel BlakeHirokazu Kore-eda Shoplifters and Guillermo del Toro Pan’s Labyrinth.
Wild Bunch is also currently preparing the next film from disgraced director Roman Polanski.
There are also unconfirmed rumors that Depp could play in the upcoming film. beetle juice sequel, but it could be wish fulfillment on the part of its supporters more than anything else.
beetle juice was a 1988 film directed by Tim Burton who worked with Depp on several films including Edward Scissorhands, Todd Sweeney, sleepy hollow as well as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. The last collaboration between Burton and Depp took place in 2016. Alice in the Wonderlandwhich Burton did not direct, but produced.
A sequel to Beetlejuice was discussed for decades, but finally took hold in February when reports surfaced of Brad Pitt’s production company. Plan B joined the project.
With Plan B and Warner Bros involved, where the film was being developed, it’s unlikely that Depp will be welcomed.
Warner Bros is home to the Harry Potter films – Depp was forced out of the Fantastic Beasts franchise and replaced by Danish actor Mads Mikkelsen.