Domestic rights and some foreign territories to the Johnny Depp thriller LABYRINTH have been picked up by Open Road Films. The film comes from a 2015 Black List script by Christian Contreras, who adapted Randall Sullivan’s book LAbyrinth. The Infiltrator helmer Brad Furman is set to direct.
Depp will play Russell Poole, a disgraced LAPD detective who is unable to solve his biggest case: the murders of Tupac Shakur and The Notorious B.I.G., a case, which, after 20 years remains open. A reporter desperate to save his reputation and career is determined to crack the case and team with Poole and together they unravel a story of power, corruption, and crime. Relentless in their hunt for the truth, these two broken men threaten to crack the foundation of the LAPD all the while fighting for their own redemption.
LAbyrinth is based on Sullivan’s book, which in turn is based on his 2001 Rolling Stone article. The project was previously in development at DreamWorks, FilmFour, and Paramount Pictures before finally landing at Good Films, where Miriam Segal is producing.
The studio has several films awaiting release, including Sleepless with Jamie Foxx and The Nut Job 2.
Depp is repped by UTA.
Josh Lyons | Managing Editor