With thanks to Darkcircles who posted the entire interview with Emir Kusturica at Angels and Benicio's Place.
The twice-awarded Palme d’Or director Emir Kusturica made the following comments during a visit to Morocco. As President of the Jury of the 11th annual Marrakech International Film Festival, Kusturica got to enjoy one of his favorite pastimes, absorbing a dozen or so independent films from around the world in a week. His second time at the festival, the auteur was honored with the Golden Star award in 2009 for his outstanding career.
.........His hotly awaited Pancho Villa film is on, this time with a slightly truncated script. Benicio Del Toro, no stranger to playing Mexican revolutionaries, takes over the role from Arizona Dream star Johnny Depp, who dropped out due to scheduling conflicts. The new film focuses on the love story between a woman who wants to kill Pancho Villa, who rejects him almost up until the point of his death. Kusturica credits Villa for creating the first authentic social revolution in the 20th Century. “It’s seven chapters about revolution,” he says. “And I think it’s time to make a movie about revolution, because you see around the world people are very eager to go into another one.” But you’ll still have to wait for his silver screen coup. He promises a release date in two years.
In many ways, Pancho Villa is the perfect subject for Kusturica. Villa was man of great paradoxes, a leader born from peasant beginnings. “I love the idea that somebody who was the governor of Chihuahua was also a bandit before,” he says. And this guerrilla commander was arguably a man with a big heart, at least for his mistresses. “He was marrying every woman that he slept with when he enters the new city,” says Kusturica of Villa’s many ceremonial marriages, “because he didn’t want them to be called prostitutes after sleeping with him.”
The film, called "Wild Roses, Tender Roses", has a IMDb page. Now we just have to wait and see if this project actually becomes a film with Benicio! For me it sounds far more interesting than the villain in Star Trek, especially since Emir Kusturica is an amazing director. Here is a picture of the real Pancho and it's easy to see how Benicio could play this part to perfection.