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Buried Treasures

Whatever happened to Johnny Depp's directorial debut? The ''Star Wars'' holiday special? Find out the fate of 10 legendary lost projects

Johnny Depp, The Brave
Image credit: The Brave: Photofest
Johnny Depp, The Brave
Image credit: The Brave: Photofest

Johnny Depp

Want to see ''The Brave''? Better head to Europe

The plot: An impoverished man agrees to be killed in a snuff film in exchange for $50,000; during his last days on earth, he reconnects with his wife and kids and decides he doesn't want to die — but it's too late. The story's grimness didn't deter Johnny Depp, who starred in the 1997 film and also made it his directorial debut. As is often the case with movies helmed by actors, it's crammed with well-known performers hamming it up — Luis Guzmán, Frederic Forrest, and Marlon Brando as the snuff-film producer. Despite the Depp-Brando combo, the film was booed at Cannes, and while it was released in Europe, it's never made it to the U.S. One of The Brave's producers, Charles Evans Jr., maintains this was Depp's decision — Depp owns the North American distribution rights but has passed on offers to release the film Stateside. ''It's a personal thing with Johnny,'' Evans says. ''You'll have to ask him why he never chose to release it.'' Alas, calls about the subject to Depp's publicist returned a definite ''no comment.''

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