EXCLUSIVE: ‘Caliber’ Adaptation Won’t Star Johnny Depp, John Woo Currently Reading Script

Last year, Splash Page had a chance to catch up with Radical Comics president and publisher Barry Levine, who spoke at length about Radical’s “Caliber” — a retelling of the legend of King Arthur set in America’s Wild West era — and how he and “Caliber” scribe, Sam Sarkar, had hoped to convince director John Woo to helm the adaptation.

Since it’s been all quiet on the “Caliber” front since then, we decided to check in with Sarkar to see if there’s been any progress on the flick that, ever since Johnny Depp’s Infinitum Nihil production company (where Sarkar serves as head of development) came onboard, looks to be on the fast track.

“I just finished the adaptation of the screenplay,” Sarkar told MTV News. “Between now and the Cannes Film Festival we’re setting it up.”

However, the question on most people’s minds are, first, since Depp will be producing, will he also star in the adaptation? And secondly, what’s the status on Woo’s involvement with the film?

“Johnny [Depp] will be a producer on the project, and certainly if he ever wanted to show up, shoot somebody and walk off for a day, he can do anything he wants on a movie of ours,” laughed Sarkar. “But it was never intended as a vehicle for him. ’Caliber’ is one he doesn’t have to do.”

And as far as Woo?

“He just finished the international release of ’Red Cliff,’ so he’s back in China,” said Sarkar. “He’s reading and we’ll see what his reaction is. We’re waiting to hear from him.”

Does “Caliber” sound interesting? Have you ever read the comic? Would you like to see Depp and Woo working together on a western? Let’s hear your thoughts in the comments.