Director David Koepp Talks MORTDECAI and Ron Howard’s INFERNO Starring Tom Hanks

     January 25, 2015

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Director David Koepp’s comedy Mortedcai is now playing in theaters.  The film stars Johnny Depp as the roguish Charlie Mortdecai, an art dealer who finds himself in a race to recover a stolen Goya painting rumored to contain the code to a lost bank account filled with Nazi gold.  Depp is joined in the film by Gwyneth Paltrow (Mortdecai’s wife), Ewan McGregor (an officer in MI5 who has been attracted to Mortdecai’s wife since college), Paul Bettany (Mortdecai’s manservant and right hand man), Olivia Munn (a potential mistress and the film’s femme fatale), and Jeff Goldblum (one of the many people that wants the Goya painting and Mortdecai’s Rolls Royce).

mortdecai-johnny-depp-gwyneth-paltrowLast week in London I landed an exclusive video interview with David Koepp.  He talked about putting together the great cast, how Mortdecai isn’t the type of movie Hollywood tends to make, his first cut, what he learned from test screenings, how he isn’t working on The Huntsman, and more.  In addition, Keopp also spoke about writing Ron Howard’s Inferno (the next Robert Langdon movie starring Tom Hanks), specifically about how it’s different from Angels & Demons and The Da Vinci Code, and that they start shooting in April in Florence, Venice and Budapest.

For more on Mortdecai, watch the US or UK trailers or click here for all of our previous coverage.

David Koepp:

  • How this is not a genre that Hollywood tends to make anymore.
  • Talks about putting the cast together.
  • Talks first cut of the film and how long it was.
  • What did he learn from the test screening process?
  • Are all the movies he’s written connected in some way via Easter Eggs?
  • Talks about how he is not involved in The Huntsman.
  • Reveals Ron Howard’s Inferno starts shooting in April in Florence and they also shoot in Venice and Budapest.  Says it’s different from the other Dan Brown movies but it still has a path of clues that Tom Hanks has to follow.

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