Could this be anything but a big creative mess? As Elisabeth noted back in November, The Tourist is awash in creative differences. It started with Tom Cruise and Charlize Theron, then Angelina Jolie and Sam Worthington, then director Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck and Worthington left as Depp signed on. Now... Variety reports that von Donnersmarck is back at the helm, Depp and Jolie haven't gone anywhere, and unless that itchy creative differences monster rears its ugly head again, the production will start this spring.

This struggling project is the remake of the French film Anthony Zimmer, about a wanted man who changes his face and the mistress who is instructed to get the police off his tail by grabbing a stranger to take the fall. In this new incarnation (unless something's changed), an American on vacation in Europe "gets sucked into a dark world of espionage when an Interpol agent taps him to help her catch a sneaky bad guy."

Between the struggles of Jolie's Salt, and the revolving door of The Tourist, it's easy to feel apprehensive about how this will all play out. Have the issues finally been ironed out for von Donnersmarck? I'm hoping so, because the man crafted one hell of a beautiful film with The Lives of Others, and it'd be a shame to see his follow-up be a flop. But only time will tell.
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