The star will also produce the live action feature inspired by the life of the classic children’s book author.
Oh, the places he’ll go! It’s almost too perfect: Johnny Depp as Dr. Seuss.
Illumination Entertainment and Infinitum Nihil are developing a live-action movie about the life of classic children’s author and illustrator Dr. Seuss (aka Theodor Geisel). Depp will produce the project with the potential to star as Seuss, and Universal Pictures will distribute. Keith Bunin (In Treatment) has been hired to write the screenplay.
Depp is producing with Infinitum Nihil partner Christi Dembrowski, Illumination’s Christopher Meledandri and David Kennedy.
With Depp already having brought to life the Mad Hatter, Peter Pan author J.M. Barrie and Willy Wonka, the iconic Seuss seems a great fit for his chameleonic personality and recent desire to make family films. While producers say that the film is unlikely to take the fantastical CGI-coated style of Alice in Wonderland, which grossed more than a billion dollars worldwide with Depp in the lead, they are not ruling out animated bells and whistles. As some of the most popular works of all time, Geisel’s books have sold more than 200 million copies worldwide.
Johnny covers Vanity Fair November Issue! Yes, Johnny will cover it once again this year giving us the chance to enjoy a brand new photosoot with him! You can find some outtakes of the photoshoot plus some first scans (will post scans of the full article soon):
New character profiles have been released for Tim Burton’s Dark Shadows. Seth Grahame-Smith, who wrote the screenplay, has spoken about writing the film adaptation of the 1960′s cult television series and gave character descriptions of the main characters.
Barnabas Collins (Johnny Depp) – He was an 18th century gentleman, a businessman just before the Revolutionary War, who was transformed against his will into a vampire and buried in a tomb for two centuries. After he finally emerges, uncovered by construction workers in the year 1972, he seeks out his descendants — as well as some long-ago foes and a possible lost love.
“He’s been alive this whole time and very hungry, with no idea what’s going on outside,” says screenwriter Seth Grahame-Smith (author of Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, which Burton is producing as a film.)
Barnabas is one vampire who is just as frightened of our times as we are of him, says producer Richard D. Zanuck: “Two-hundred years later, he’s suddenly walking into the town he saw being built and seeing girls in skirts, cars for the first time. It’s a man-out-of-time, supernatural horror story, but I put ‘horror’ in quotes.”
Despite his confusion, he’s still a ladies man. “In some sense he can be a terrifying killer; on the other hand, women have a weakness for him and he has a weakness for women,” Grahame-Smith says. “He can be a very well-mannered, well-meaning vampire most of the time, until his stomach is empty or someone challenges his beloved Collins family.”
Rest of the characters can be found under the cut.
Some days ago Johnny spotted on the set of “Dark Shadows” looking super pale. Also recently got out another photo of Johnny with Tim during filming:
I updated the gallery with two posters from “The Rum Diary”. One is the English version of the Russian poster we posted before and the other one is a brand new with Johnny in his undies:
Elmira shared a bunch of magazine scans featuring Johnny with us which can all be found in the gallery:
- [x001] Scans in 2011 – January: Lumiere (Russia)
- [x001] Scans in 2011 – April: Marie Claire (Russia)
- [x001] Scans in 2011 – May: Mini No.5 (Russia)
- [x004] Scans in 2011 – May: Total Film (Portugal)
- [x002] Scans in 2011 – June: Joy (Ukraine)
- [x004] Scans in 2011 – July: ELLE Girl (Russia)
- [x007] Scans in 2011 – July: Studio Cine Live France No.28
- [x001] Scans in 2011 – August: Elle (Ukraine)
- [x001] Scans in 2011 – September: Total Film
- [x001] Scans in 2011 – September 5th: Star Magazine
- [x001] Scans in 2011 – September 5th: Us Weekly
I added scans of the latest EW issue which has a two page feature for “Dark Shadows”, huge thanks to Kelly for these ^^:
- [x002] Magazine Scans - Entertainment Weekly – September 30th, 2011
EW released the first still of “Dark Shadows” which is added in the gallery:
I filled the gallery with tons of stills with Johnny in “The Rum Diary” plus a russian poster of the film:
Yesterday evening Johnny attended GQ Men Of The Year Awards 2011 presenting “Writer of the Year” award to Keith Richards.
- [x015] Appearances in 2011 - September 6th: GQ Men Of The Year Awards 2011