Johnny Depp to Take on Dr Seuss Biopic

It is certainly not news that Johnny Depp has been a busy man of late, what with filming Tim Burton’s Dark Shadows and the up-coming release of Bruce Robinson’s The Rum Diary, as well as producing and – if rumours be true – appearing in a cameo role in Hugo. To say that Depp’s work schedule is busy would be an understatement. But this week it just got busier after it was announced that Depp has signed on to produce a biopic about one the most loved authors of all time, Dr Seuss.

The film will be produced by Johnny Depp’s film company Infinitum Nihil and Illumination Entertainment, with Depp as producer and possibly in the lead role as Dr Seuss himself. The adaptation will look at the life and times of the author who wrote some of the most popular children’s books with the most imaginative characters of all time, including The Cat in the Hat, Horton Hears a Who, Green Eggs and Ham and How the Grinch Stole Christmas. The adaptation will be released by Universal with Keith Bunin, writer of ‘In Treatment’, hired to write the screenplay.

 

Dr Seuss began his career as an illustrator before moving into writing during World War Two when he wrote propaganda films for the army, after which he continued writing documentary features, and even won an Academy Award for best Documentary Feature for ‘Design for Death’ in 1947. But it wasn’t until the publication of ‘If I Ran the Zoo’ in 1950 that Suess’ writing career took off, after which he went on to write over 45 children’s books. It was Seuss’ imaginative characters and rhythmic writing that captured children’s imaginations and his books are still entertaining kids today.

If Depp does eventually portray Dr Seuss, then it would be yet another eccentric characterisation to add to his increasing filmography. The chameleonic actor has brought to life many literary characters in his career including the Mad Hatter, Willy Wonka and even Peter Pan writer J.M Barrie in the 2004 film Finding Neverland.

Depp can soon be seen in The Rum Diary due in cinemas 4th November, with Hugo released on 2nd December.

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