Move over, James Cameron, because there's a new "king of the world" -- and his name is Johnny Depp.
Progress is finally being made on the glacially slow development of the film adaptation of the comic book "Rex Mundi" -- that's Latin for "king of the world" -- as producer Johnny Depp has hired "TRON: Legacy" writers Brian Klugman and Lee Sternthal to pen the script, according to The Hollywood Reporter,.
Here's the deal: "Rex Mundi," which was created by writer Arvid Nelson and published by Image and Dark Horse Comics, tells the story of yet another quest for the Holy Grail, but with a somewhat unique twist -- the whole story takes place in an alternate universe where the Reformation never happened and instead the Catholic church continued it's medieval dominance of Western politics and culture. And the story also takes place during the Great Depression.
Oh yeah, and magic is real. So it's kind of like "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade" crossed with "The Exorcist" by way of "Harry Potter."
Got all that? Well, the important thing is that Depp gets it -- and now, after years of work, it seems that he's finally getting somewhere with it as well. This development follows over five years of work on the project, including a previous version of the script written by "Fight Club" screenwriter Jim Uhls.
Whether or not Depp himself is going to star in the film once everything is finally in place remains to be seen, but he should have plenty of time to figure out his schedule; "Rex Mundi" is tentatively scheduled for release some time in 2014.
Looks like Cameron can hold onto his "king of the world" title a little bit longer after all.