Director's Chair: Carpenter, Robinson, Kounen

By Garth Franklin Wednesday May 18th 2005 06:23PM

"John Carpenter is taking his next project to game consoles and the bigscreen simultaneously. The horror director is teaming with Titan Prods. on "Psychopath," a new project to be developed concurrently as a videogame and film. Carpenter will oversee the game and direct its produced scenes and is attached to helm and co-write the film, along with Todd Farmer ("Jason X"). "Psychopath" is about an ex-CIA operative called back into action to stop a serial killer who begins to question his own sanity..." (full details)

"Bruce Robinson ("Withnail & I," "Jennifer 8," "The Killing Fields) has been set to adapt and direct "The Rum Diary," the first novel by the late Hunter S. Thompson. Johnny Depp, who played Thompson in "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas," will again play the gonzo journalist. "The Rum Diary" is Thompson's chronicle of journalism, drinking and carousing in Puerto Rico in the late 1950s. Depp had tried to enlist Robinson on several projects in the past, and this was the first time they matched up..." (full details)

"Jan Kounen has inked to helm "99 francs," a much-awaited adaptation of the Gallic bestseller to be budgeted at around $15 million. High-profile project will be Kounen's first feature film since the $44-million flop "Blueberry." Kounen will rework an existing script penned by Gallic scribes Nicolas and Bruno, with the aim of shooting the film early in 2006. The dark comic book caused a sensation in Gaul with its first person diatribe against modern consumerist society, seen through the eyes of a cynical advertising exec whose efforts to get sacked from his job backfire as he keeps getting promoted..." (full details)

Thanks to 'KC'.