Another Hornby tale to be adapted
Johnny Depp is getting plenty of books for Christmas.Graham King’s Initial Entertainment Group has bought the film rights to three tomes for Depp’s production shingle, Infinitum Nihil. Depp’s shingle and King will co-produce all three for Warner Bros. Pictures under King’s deal with the studio. That’s not the only action Depp’s shingle is seeing under its three-year production deal with King’s Initial. Warners and Initial have hired writer D.V. DeVincentis to adapt Nick Hornby’s darkly comic “A Long Way Down” for Depp’s shop. Infinitum was careful to stress that Depp isn’t attached to star in the four projects. At the same time, any project set up at an actor’s vanity shingle has the potential to turn into a starring vehicle.
- Initial and Infinitum are in talks with Peter Medak (“Romeo Is Bleeding”) to helm the film version of Joseph Gangemi’s tome “Inamorata,” adapted by the author. Set in Philadelphia in the 1920s, book revolves around a Harvard grad student who falls in love with a beautiful psychic whom he is attempting to discredit as a fraud.
- The two companies have scooped up film rights to “Affected Provincial’s Companion,” a compendium of essays, diagrams and poetry written, designed and illustrated by Lord Breaulove Swells Whimsy as a treatise on the value of being a refined gentleman in today’s unrefined world.
- Third book is journalist-author James Meek’s “The People’s Act of Love,” set in 1919 Siberia. Storyline revolves around an escapee from a Russian prison camp who stumbles upon a Christian sect.
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