Johnny Depp Moves Production Company to Disney (EXCLUSIVE)

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Infinitum Nihil, formed in 2004, had been set up at Warner Bros.

Johnny Depp’s already Disney’s go-to guy for tentpoles. Now the Mouse House has made room for the thesp’s production banner Infinitum Nihil.

Under a new multi-year first-look deal, Depp will develop film projects he can produce at the studio, expanding his relationship with Disney, for whom he will star in the adaptation of the “Into the Woods” musical and a fifth “Pirates of the Caribbean” adventure.

SEE ALSO: Johnny Depp in Talks to Join Disney’s ‘Into the Woods’

Infinitum Nihil had previously been set up at Warner Bros., where the shingle produced Tim Burton’s “Dark Shadows” and “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.” Walt Disney Studios chairman Alan Horn was instrumental in attracting Depp’s company to the lot, given his relationship with the thesp while the exec ran Warner Bros. Studios.

The deal with Warner Bros. expired in 2011, and the Disney deal was quietly brokered several months ago.

Depp formed the production entity in 2004 with his sister Christi Dembrowski, who serves as president of the company. “Rum Diary” was the first film to be produced through the shingle. FilmDistrict distributed the movie, based on the Hunter S. Thompson book.

Thesp is currently starring as Tonto in Disney and Jerry Bruckheimer’s “The Lone Ranger” and is set to return to the studio’s “Pirates” franchise with a fifth film set for release in 2015. Up first is “Into the Woods,” which Rob Marshall will helm, reuniting him with Depp. An “Alice in Wonderland” sequel is also in development at Disney.

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Over the years, Depp has starred in four “Pirates of the Caribbean” movies, “Alice in Wonderland,” “Ed Wood” and “The Lone Ranger” for Disney, which altogether, have grossed over $4.8 billion worldwide.

Depp is currently shooting Alcon Entertainment’s science-fiction actioner “Transcendence” for director Wally Pfister with Warner planning an April 18 release. He’s also in negotiations to star in crime drama “Mortdecai” for Lionsgate with David Koepp directing.

Thesp also recently got into the book business through Infinitum Nihil and a deal with publisher HarperCollins — no surprise given that Depp’s resume includes starring in 18 films that were based on books. First book to be published will be Douglas Brinkley’s “The Unraveled Tales of Bob Dylan,” out in 2015.

The Latin phrase “Infinitum nihil” essentially translates to “Nothing lasts forever.”

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  1. cadavra says:

    It’s Variety-ese shorthand for “thespian.”

  2. yousef says:

    dumping vanessa and the children? they just broke for a personal reasons like any other normal couples and the children are living with him in LA he didn dump them!

  3. JDeppfan says:

    GAINED DISNEY
    LOST PARADISE!

    WHICH KINGDOM
    WISEST CHOICE?

  4. Just Confused says:

    “NOTHING LASTS FOREVER”

    DEPP must be a very droll soul.
    A realist living in a world of fantasy!
    HOW IRONIC (or foreseeable?) That he should come down to Earth at Disney. May they both “live long and prosper.”

    BUT YES, I’m bummed out about his treatment of VANESSA PARADISE as well.

    JOHNNY, that’s bad karma there Bro’
    Or am I…..

  5. Yirmin says:

    The popularity of every star goes up and down over time. It is a business where you have to move where the money is when it is, because in a couple of years you can be the star that was. My only concern is whether this makes sense for Disney, they already have him for the Pirates franchise… beyond that he really isn’t a very bankable star, his track record outside of the Pirates isn’t that great.

    • yousef says:

      outside of the pirates franshise he had alice which made a billion dollar and charlie and the chcolate factory which made an alomst 500 dollar and sleepy hollow which made over 200 dollar and most of his small-budgeted movies did very well and had double their budgets back

  6. Just Confused says:

    “NOTHING LASTS FOREVER”

    DEPP must be a very droll soul.
    A realist living in a world of fantasy!
    HOW IRONIC (or foreseeable?) That he should come down to Earth at Disney,
    Lot am I just…..

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