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30 June 2005   Projects No Comments

The reports that for the first time Johnny is admitting to being somewhat nervous about taking on the legendary role of Willy Wonka in the children’s beloved classic, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. “Having grown up in the seventies and eighties, ‘Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory’ film was an annual event that we would always watch as kids,” said Depp. “I loved Gene Wilder in that film. The memory of his Wonka was ingrained.”

So why did the star decide to take the role? “First and foremost it was that call from Tim,” said Depp, [and] “I’ve been a huge fan of Roald Dahl’s books, especially the character Wonka, that character was so beautiful, so special, so I guess that’s it.”

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2 June 2005   Projects No Comments

Hollywood’s Johnny Depp is being courted to star in a film about a drug addict who turns his life around after living on the streets of Wrexham.

§ Lord of the Rings and King Kong star Andy Serkis has already been signed up to direct the movie.

§ Shooting of Addict, based on the best-selling biography of writer Stephen Smith, is to start this summer.

§ The 61-year-old writer said the film will be all about his life as a young man addicted to amphetamines who drifted into crime and ended up living on the streets of Wrexham for a few months.

§ “It’s a horror story with a fairytale ending – irregardless of how low you go with drink and drugs you can still get out of it,” said Mr Smith, who now lives in Germany with his wife and family.

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20 May 2005   Projects No Comments

FilmStew Staff Report – Thursday, May 19, 2005 – Johnny Depp will once again take on the role of Hunter S. Thompson in an adaptation of the writer’s The Rum Diary.

5 May 2005   Projects No Comments

Wednesday, May 4, 2005 – Mark Umbach for – Johnny Depp, Graham King and David Heyman will team up to produce latest adaptation of the Nick Hornby novel; A Long Way Down.

4 May 2005   Projects No Comments

It seem as if Johnny (or Infinitum Nihil) will work together with Warner Bros. on the latest novel of Nick Hornby: “A long way down”.

Maybe he will even take the role as one of the four main characters – a zynical disgraced breakfast TV moderator who thinks of suicide.

Let’s hope, this is true 🙂

27 April 2005   Projects No Comments

27 April 2005 – – Apparently filming the sequels of Pirates of the Caribbean 2 & 3 down on the island of Bataka in the Caribbean is having a negative effect on the locals. There is a particular scene they are objecting to one in which Johnny is being roasted alive over an open pit. ENT NEWS reports residents have accused studio bosses of implying their ancestors were cannibals, but the film company insists the scene is light-hearted and in no way reflects their cultural history.

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15 March 2005   Projects No Comments

FilmStew Staff Report – Monday, March 14, 2005 – In a deal with the Initial Entertainment Group, Johnny Depp picks up the rights to the Iraq war novel The Bomb in My Garden.

12 March 2005   Projects No Comments

March 11, 2005 – FilmForce – Johnny Depp has hooked up with Initial Entertainment Group to acquire the film rights to The Bomb in My Garden: The Secrets of Saddam’s Nuclear Mastermind, according to today’s installment of industry insider magazine Variety…

10 October 2004   Projects No Comments

Johnny has signed on to play the lead role in the movie “Shantaram” based on the novel “Shantaram” with the real life story of Gregory David Roberts.

In the movie he will portray a drug addict, who escapes from a prison in Australia and becomes a (fake) doctor in the slums of Mumbay and fights in Afhanistan against Russia.

It counts as one of the biggest Hollywood Deals of the year, costars will be Helena Bonham Carter and Emily Watson