"The Tourist" has had quite a ride these past few months. Further back than that even. First it was a possible "Valkyrie" follow-up for Tom Cruise. Then Charlize Theron started negotiating to star alongside Cruise. Following a year of silence on the project, the news broke last month that Angelina Jolie was now in talks to replace Theron. And somewhere in there, "Terminator Salvation" star Sam Worthington stepped in to replace Cruise.
That's not even mentioning the director changes. Bharat Nalluri was originally set to direct, way back when Cruise was still on the project. He fell off somewhere in the past year, and "The Lives of Others" director Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck only recently stepped in to possibly replace him. It turns out that that's not happening either. Now it seems that "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban" director Alfonso Cuaron may be moving in to helm, and that he'll be joined by Johnny Depp, who will step into the role once occupied by Cruise, then Worthington. Whew.
None of this is confirmed of course. The Hollywood Reporter brings word that Depp and Cuaron are both negotiating to join the project, a remake of the 2005 French spy thriller, "Anthony Zimmer." If there's half as much intrigue in the finished movie -- presuming it actually happens, which seems like an increasingly large "if" -- it ought to be a hell of a ride.
The story focuses on an American tourist, the Depp/Worthington/Cruise role, who is unwittingly drawn into aiding a female Interpol agent, the Jolie/Theron role, in an investigation. Confusing matters further is the target of the investigation, a French underworld heavy who was once romantically involved with our fair Interpol agent. The American tourist, poor sap that he is, ends up being used as bait to draw the wanted criminal out.
Depp is all sorts of busy these days, with "The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus" and "Alice in Wonderland" both hitting theaters in the coming months. He's got some obligation to the "Pirates of the Caribbean" series, which has a fourth outing due in summer 2011, but he's also expressed dissatisfaction with returning to the Jack Sparrow role after Dick Cook's departure from Disney.
As for Cuaron, he's been out of the spotlight for far too long as far as I'm concerned. He turned out the best "Harry Potter" movie to date in "The Prisoner of Azkaban" and he impressed the hell out of me with his offbeat sci-fi adaptation "Children of Men." It would be great to see him in the director's chair for another high-profile project, which "The Tourist" certainly has the makings of with Jolie and potentially Depp climbing on board.
What's your interest level in "The Tourist"? Have you ever seen the original? Do you have any faith that this remake will happen? What do you think of potential newcomers Cuaron and Depp coming into the picture?