by Diana Lodderhose
May 8, 2017 7:56am
Johnny Depp To Star In Wayne Roberts’ ‘Richard Says Goodbye’ For IM Global – Cannes
EXCLUSIVE: Johnny Depp is set to star in Richard Says Goodbye, a comedy-drama from writer-director Wayne Roberts (Katie Says Goodbye). Stuart Ford’s IM Global is fully-financing the project and is commencing sales in Cannes this month on what is sure to be one of the hottest projects of the market.
Automatik’s Brian Kavanaugh-Jones, whose credits include Loving, Midnight Special and I Think We’re Alone Now will produce with IM Global production head Greg Shapiro, the producer behind The Hurt Locker and Zero Dark Thirty.
Story sees Depp play Richard, a world-weary college professor who is given a life-changing diagnosis and then decides to throw all pretense and conventions to the wind and live his life as boldly and freely as possible. With a biting sense of humor, a reckless streak and a touch of madness, he binges through every vice: smoking, drinking, sex and hurling blunt insults at anyone who annoys him, giving him more pleasure than he’s had in years.
This will be the second feature from Roberts, who wrote and directed 2016’s Katie Says Goodbye starring Olivia Cooke, Mireille Enos, Christopher Abbot, James Belushi and Mary Steenburgen. That film, which he wrote while still a student at NYU Tish School of the Arts where he graduated Magna Cum Laude, premiered at the Toronto Film Festival and follows the story of a 17-year-old girl who turns to prostitution to fulfil her dream of a new life in San Francisco.
Depp will next hit screens with his return as Captain Jack Sparrow in Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, which bows in the U.S. on May 26. He also stars in Kenneth Branagh’s upcoming adaptation of Agatha Christie’s Murder On The Orient Express for Fox, alongside Penelope Cruz, Daisy Ridley, Michelle Pfeiffer and Judi Dench among others.
Depp is repped by CAA. Roberts is repped by CAA and Grandview.
Hollywood North: Johnny Depp to film Richard Says Goodbye in Vancouver
Published on: June 30, 2017 | Last Updated: June 30, 2017 3:20 PM PDT
Johnny Depp will play a college professor who receives a “life-changing diagnosis” and decides to binge through every vice known to man in Richard Says Goodbye, a comedy-drama that starts filming next month in Vancouver.
Depp was here last year when the troubled Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales moved production from Australia to North Vancouver to shoot additional scenes.
Richard Says Goodbye, the second feature from writer-director Wayne Roberts, starts shooting July 25.
Roberts’ debut, the heralded and similarly named Katie Says Goodbye, told the story of a kindhearted teen who turns to prostitution to fulfill her dream of a new life in San Francisco.
Depp is among a number of A-list movie stars working in Vancouver this summer.
Ryan Reynolds and Josh Brolin are already hard at work filming Deadpool 2, while Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, the highest paid actor in the world according to Forbes, will be here in August to film Skyscraper.
Johnson will play a former war hero and FBI hostage rescue team leader who now assesses skyscraper security. The big-budget action movie is scheduled to be released in the summer 2018.
Meanwhile, Mel Gibson and Vince Vaughn begin production on their gritty Vancouver-shot action film, Dragged Across Concrete, on July 17.
Johnny's signed on for so many different projects, I've lost track of any sense of what order he might be doing them in. Is this next, or "King of the Jungle", "Invisible Man", or something else I'm forgetting...?
Anyway, this sounds like a fun one. It will be interesting to see the before and after diagnosis versions of this character...
"There is certainly a part of me that tends to be that loner. You never find me in the center of the crowd. I just like to stay back a little and hang in the shadows."
Zoey Deutch to Co-Star With Johnny Depp in IM Global’s ‘Richard Says Goodbye’ (EXCLUSIVE)
“Before I Fall” star Zoey Deutch is set to co-star with Johnny Depp in the IM Global film “Richard Says Goodbye.”
Wayne Roberts is writing and directing the pic with IM Global financing. Producers are Brian Kavanaugh-Jones of Automatik and IM Global president of production Greg Shapiro, with Stuart Ford and Depp executive producing,
The dramedy follows a college professor who lives his life with reckless abandon after being diagnosed with a terminal illness. Deutch will play his daughter in the pic, and production is already underway.
The film is the first under IM Global’s first look feature film deal with Depp’s Infinitum Nihil production company, which the actor signed this past June.
This is a major gig for Deutch, whose star has been on the rise since breaking out in her first starring role earlier this year in Open Road’s “Before I Fall.” She can next be seen in the J.D. Salinger biopic “Rebel in the Rye” and has a key role in James Franco’s “The Disaster Artist” that bows later this year.
Deutch also recently wrapped the Netflix pic “Set It Up” opposite Glen Powell. She is repped by CAA and Gilbertson Entertainment quote