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.

Warners optioned the film rights to Hornby’s “A Long Way Down” in 2005 for King, Depp and David Heyman of Heyday Films to produce. Story follows four desperate people who meet on New Year’s Eve and form a surrogate family.

DeVincentis (“Grosse Point Blank”) also adapted Hornby’s “High Fidelity” for the bigscreen.

“I love adapting Nick’s writing, and find that even though a lot of his prose is internal, there is a vibrancy in the voice that you can see working in the screen,” said DeVincentis.

Since inking their production pact, Initial and Infinitum have set up projects including the film adaptation of “Bomb in My Garden,” penned by Saddam Hussein’s top nuclear weapons scientist, Dr. Mahdi Obeidi, and American journo Kurt Pitzer, who helped Obeidi escape to the U.S. in 2003.

And, with Brad Pitt’s Plan B, King and Depp are producing “Shantaram” for Warner Bros. as a possible starring vehicle for Depp.

In addition to Depp, Infinitum is run by prexy Christi Dembrowski and director of development Sam Sarkar.

Depp and DeVincentis are both repped by UTA.

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