Director returns to Depp-Jolie thriller after exiting

Director Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck has returned to helm spy thriller “The Tourist” after exiting the project last fall over creative differences.

Pic, starring Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie, is heading for a spring start. It would be the first film for von Donnersmarck since the German helmer’s 2006 breakout “The Lives of Others,” which won the Oscar for foreign-language film.

Jolie will play an Interpol agent who draws an unwitting tourist (Depp) into her attempt to locate a criminal who was once her lover.

Sam Worthington had been attached for the tourist role but left the project last fall. Graham King’s GK Films is financing and distributing through his multipic output deal with Sony Pictures Entertainment. King will produce with Tim Headington, Gary Barber, Roger Birnbaum and Jonathan Glickman. Julian Fellowes penned the originally script while Christopher McQuarrie and Jeffrey Nachmanoff did rewrites.

“The Tourist” is a remake of the 2005 French thriller “Anthony Zimmer.”

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