Johnny Depp will produce and probably star in a film about Theodor Geisel, better referred to as kids’ book author and illustrator Dr Seuss.
Geisel’s inspired, loopy, addictively rhyming stories have formed the foundation for several movies (a little a mixed bunch, to be fair), including The Cat Within the Hat and The Grinch.
Depp is producing together with his Infinitum Nihil production company in collaboration with Universal’s Illumination Entertainment, that is best known for animated flicks like Despicable Me and upcoming Seuss adap The Lorax.
As well because the colourful characters that fans love, Geisel became known for political cartoons and propaganda that he created during World War 2.
Depp’s no stranger to playing literary figures, having starred as Peter Pan creator JM Barrie find Neverland and Hunter S Thompson in Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas.
He also knows something or two about creating eccentric characters. In Treatment writer Keith Bunin is currently engaged on the script.
You’ll next catch Depp within the Rum Diary and Martin Scorsese’s Hugo, before he appears in Tim Burton’s Dark Shadows next year. There’s also the continuing business of The Lone Ranger, which might possibly cause a schedule clash with Seuss.
The Rum Diary opens 4 November 2011.