Open Road Acquires Johnny Depp Crime Thriller ‘Labyrinth’

Johnny Depp Labyrinth
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Open Road Pictures has acquired the crime thriller “Labyrinth” starring Johnny Depp as a detective who investigates the Tupac Shakur and Notorious B.I.G. murders.

Brad Furman is directing with production set to start in mid-November.

Miramax is partnering and co-financing with Open Road Films for U.S. distribution. Good Universe is handling international sales for remaining territories.

“Labyrinth” is an edgy and timely investigative thriller that will make a great addition to our slate,” said Open Road CEO Tom Ortenberg in a statement. “Johnny Depp is perfect for the project and we are thrilled to be in business with him, Miriam Segal, Brad Furman and the rest of the filmmaking team.”

In the pic, disgraced LAPD detective Russell Poole (Depp), is a beaten man, unable to solve his biggest case – the murders of music icons Shakur and The Notorious B.I.G. After two decades, the case remains open. “Jack” Jackson, a reporter desperate to save his reputation and career, is determined to find out why. He tracks down Poole, and the two enter into an uneasy partnership to finally put this case to rest. As Poole relives the unbelievable story of power, corruption and crime, Jackson begins to unravel a growing web of scandal and deception. Relentless in their hunt for the truth, these two broken men threaten to crack the foundation of the LAPD all the while fighting for their own redemption.

Miramax’s EVP of Film & TV, Zanne Devine, and Rosanne Korenberg, SVP of Acquisitions and Co-Productions, negotiated on behalf of Miramax.

Miriam Segal and her Good Films are producing. Christian Contreras is writing the screenplay adapted from Randall Sullivan’s book “LAbyrinth: A Detective Investigates the Murders of Tupac Shakur and Notorious B.I.G., the Implication of Death Row Records’ Suge Knight, and the Origins of the Los Angeles Police Scandal.”

The deal was negotiated on behalf of Open Road Films by Tom Ortenberg, CEO, and Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel, Elliott Kleinberg; and by UTA Independent Film Group and WME Global on behalf of the filmmakers along with Good Universe.

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  1. Johnny Depp Fan says:

    I’m excited about this!

  2. Harold Van Exel says:

    This project is doomed to fail. Depp is a great actor, but anyone who follows the case knows that Poole’s investigation was discredited and erroneous. Beyond that, Open Road does not have anyone who knows how to market this project. It will just be another flop on their slate.

  3. I don’t know enough about the movie business to say if this is a good thing or not. I do think Depp would be a good fit for this role and I hope it happens.

  4. John says:

    Crime drama compliments Johnny Depp’s acting better than swashbuckling pirate. I thought Johnny Depp should have been nominated for Best Actor in “Black Mass”, that was his best performance ever, and best performance of 2016. Throughout the whole movie I feel like I was watching James Whitey Burger, Depp brought that character alive. I hope audience can get past the Amber Heard divorce and truly appreciate Johnny Depp as a talented actor.

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