Gore Verbinski has become wealthy and powerful as director of each installment of the "Pirates of the Caribbean" franchise. And with that comes a certain amount of artistic freedom, but the trailer for his upcoming film is beyond the pale.
"Pirates" star Johnny Depp gives his voice to the title character, a household pet on a journey of personal discovery, leading a talented cast that also includes Abigail Breslin, Bill Nighy, Isla Fisher and the criminal underused Stephen Root.
The film will be "a CG animation/motion-capture hybrid movie," according to MTV, who last summer talked to Nighy about the project. The English actor said he plays a rattlesnake assassin (not someone who assassinates rattlesnakes, but rather...) with a machine-gun tail, and mentioned that it may end up being called "Cheap as Dirt." Apparently not.
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If the trailer and the scraps of news that have come out about this project aren't enough to hold your interest until the film's March 2011 release, visit the official website -- it's even less helpful.