Johnny Depp to Star in Crime Drama ‘Mortdecai’

David Koepp to direct Lionsgate pic, based on Kyril Bonfiglioli books

Johnny Depp is in negotiations to star in crime drama “Mortdecai” for Lionsgate with David Koepp directing.

Mortdecai,” based on the three-part series of books by Kyril Bonfiglioli, will be produced by Andrew Lazar, Depp and Christi Dembrowski.

Depp would play Charles Mortdecai, an anti-hero art dealer and part time rogue who is in a race to recover a stolen painting rumored to contain the code to a lost bank account filled with Nazi gold.

Bonfiglioli’s books, published during the 1970s, were “Don’t Point That Thing At Me,” “Something Nasty In The Woodshed” and “After You With The Pistol.”

Koepp previously directed Depp in “Secret Window.” He also directed “Premium Rush” and “Ghost Town” and wrote “Jurassic Park,” “Spider-Man,” “Mission: Impossible” and “Angels & Demons.”

Eric Aronson wrote the “Mortdecai” script. Aronson’s credits include “On the Line.”

Erik Feig, Michael Paseornek, Gillian Bohrer and James Myers will oversee the project for the studio.

Depp is represented by UTA. Koepp and Aronson are represented by CAA.

News was first reported by The Wrap.

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