From Deadline|London editor Tim Adler: The Tourist only started filming in Paris on February 23rd. It began shooting in Venice on Monday. Today, production was shut down there because too many fans showed up trying to get pics. God knows what else will happen since cast and crew will be in Italy until the end of May. Little wonder why, already, the European distributor Studio Canal plans the biggest ever release on between 1,500 to 2,000 screens across Europe. It’s the first movie Studio Canal will go day-and-date across all three territories where it has operations: France, Germany and the UK. Although there’s no specific date yet, the thriller may be released as early as Christmas. The French company is keen to get behind The Tourist because it’s a remake of its own 2005 film, Anthony Zimmer. That, and it stars what’s surely the world’s hottest pairing right now: Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie. Sony Pictures will distribute The Tourist domestically, while producer Graham King’s GK Films is selling smaller territories. RAI Cinema has already taken the film for Italy. Depp plays an American tourist drawn into a web of intrigue by a female Interpol agent who’s tracking down a criminal who used to be her lover. English screenwriter Julian Fellowes wrote the original screenplay. American screenwriters Christopher McQuarrie (Valkyrie) and Jeffrey Nachmanoff (Traitor) did the rewrites. The production history of this movie is as convoluted as any thriller. Donnersmarck had previously dropped out of directing The Tourist. At that point Sam Worthington was going to play opposite Jolie. And Worthington only came on board after Tom Cruise dropped out. Cruise was originally going to star opposite Charlize Theron as the Interpol agent. And Bharat Nalluri was going to direct before Donnersmarck took over. Blimey!
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