"Trying to . . . make the actors as great as they can be"–Director Rob Marshall on PIRATES 4

MTV’s movie reporter Josh Horowitz spoke to Rob Marshall on the red carpet at the Golden Globes (where Marshall’s Nine was nominated) and asked the director for an update on his next project, Pirates of the Caribbean 4: On Stranger Tides. “We’ve now started, officially,” Marshall replied; Pirates 4 is scheduled to film this summer. “I’m talking to Johnny and it’s been great. I’ve been working already. I’m spending a lot of time with [producer] Jerry Bruckheimer, learning this whole adventure of this . . . different genre for me, which I feel so at home [with] already.”

Asked how he will make On Stranger Tides “his own,” Marshall replied, “I never quite think of myself in terms of putting a stamp on anything. I think we’re just trying to bring what’s on the page to life, to make the actors as great as they can be, serve them, serve the material.”

The Zone thanks Emma for the interview with Rob Marshall; you can read more about Pirates of the Caribbean 4: On Stranger Tides on the Zone’s News & Views forum. –Part-Time Poet

ALICE IN WONDERLAND featured on the cover of March TOTAL FILM

Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter graces the cover of the March 2010 issue of Total Film. Inside, a six-page article by Mark Salisbury describes the filming and includes Q&As with the film’s Alice, Mia Wasikowska, and Johnny Depp, as well as remarks from director Tim Burton, Helena Bonham Carter, and Anne Hathaway. “I was telling Tim, I think this guy’s poisoned and that’s what makes him mad. Obviously that’s where the term came from, ‘mad as a hatter,'” Johnny tells Salisbury. “You always get images in your head of what the guy should look like [. . .], and for some reason I thought he should look like a lit match.”

The Zone thanks In-too-Depp for sharing the Total Film article; you can find it on the Zone’s News & Views forum. –Part-Time Poet