TIFF exclusive: Johnny Depp to star in thriller 'Labyrinth'
EXCLUSIVE: In a mouth-watering and rare major pre-sales title headed for Toronto, Good Universe is preparing to introduce the thriller to buyers this week.
Depp will star in the feature from Good Films as Russell Poole, the late LA detective who the towards the end of the 1990s investigated the unsolved assassinations of hip-hop icons Tupac Shakur and Biggie Smalls.
Poole encountered endless dead ends, yet his dogged legwork uncovered corruption in the LAPD that rocked the institution to its core.
UTA and WME Global jointly represent US rights to Labyrinth, the latest project from Good Films, the company behind Bryan Cranston crime drama The Infiltrator and Viggo Mortensen wartime drama Good.
Producer Miriam Segal of Good Films flew into Toronto on Tuesday evening and is preparing to rustle up enthusiasm ahead of an anticipated production start later this year – not that it should take much effort to get buyers excited about the project.
Depp is riding high on some of the best notices of his career for Black Mass, in which his chilling turn as mobster James ‘Whitey’ Bulger garnered a lead actor Screen Actors Guild nomination last season.
Brad Furman, who directed The Infiltrator after rising to prominence with The Lincoln Lawyer, will direct Labyrinth from Christian Contreras’ screenplay, based on Randall Sullivan’s book of the same name.
Industry veteran Camela Galano is a partner in Good Films and oversees distribution and financing activities for the company’s entire slate, including Labyrinth.
Good Films’ slate includes upcoming thriller The Postcard Killings starring Dakota Fanning, which Good Universe introduced to international buyers in Cannes.