According to the LA Times, Johnny Depp (who, if you weren't aware, is in the news almost every freaking day) is looking to take on an Indiana Jones-type role in Rex Mundi (King of the World), based on a series of graphic novels by Arvid Nelson and Eric Johnson. Jim Uhls (Fight Club, Jumper) will pen the script, with Depp's Infinitum Nihil set to produce.
Apparently, the novels (which I haven't read) are set in an alternate 1933 "in which the Reformation never happened, the Inquisition is still in full swing, Europe remains dominated by the Catholic Church and the rest of the world consists of colonies." Should Depp take on the lead role, he will play a pathologist who investigates the bizarre death of the priest who helped raise him. If the pic turns out to be anything like Uhls description of a "noir-ish Raiders of the Lost Ark," then I'm definitely game. With two other films currently in pre-production (Sweeney Todd, The Rum Diary), there's no word on when Depp and Rex Mundi will kick into high gear.