Starring: Johnny Depp, Armie Hammer, William Fichtner
Directed by: Gore Verbinski
Why watch: It’s Jack Sparrow in the Wild West!
The low-down: A masked lawman (Armie Hammer) teams up with a Native American to battle baddies in the American Old West. Just imagine Green Hornet as a cowboy.
The buzz: Quentin Tarantino isn’t the only one having a go at revitalising the dusty Western genre with Django Unchained. The creative team behind The Pirates of Caribbean, too, is hoping that their US$250 million (S$307 mil) gamble will give birth to a new franchise. Judging from the teaser, director Gore Verbinski is going for a gritty look that’s somewhere between True Grit and Deadwood, and avoiding (for now) signature traits associated with the 80-year-old character, like his catchphrase ‘Hi-ho Silver, away!’ and his rousing theme music, the ‘William Tell Overture’. Will modern audiences respond to the update with joy, or indifference as they did with Wild Wild West and Cowboys & Aliens? Don’t be quick to dismiss it, though. A few years ago, Jerry Bruckheimer was the butt of many a joke when he wanted to make a period pirate movie based on a theme park ride. And we all know what happened to that project.
Opens: July 2013
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