Filmmaker Brett Ratner has confirmed that “The Libertine,” a film about the 2011 incident involving French politician Dominique Strauss-Kahn that was slated to star Johnny Depp, has been put on hiatus.
Speaking at the Sun Valley Film Festival, Ratner tells EW that events surrounding Depp’s personal life has lead to the hiatus:
“That was a movie I was going to direct next. I put it on hold. Johnny had some issues with his divorce and stuff. So we pushed it off. There’s another movie I’m going to direct. I’m hoping in 2017. I’m very excited about that. I know what it is but don’t want to say what it is yet.”
News of the project, which is not to be confused with the 2005 period drama starring Depp that boasts the same title, broke back in May last year. Set entirely in one room, the film focuses on the powerful French politician who endures house arrest in a luxury NYC apartment while awaiting trial for sexual assault against a hotel maid.