“force is force…matter is matter…will is will…the infinite is the infinite…nothing is nothing” – tolstoy
Is it possible for Johnny Depp to keep a secret? Well, possibly, but his production company Infinitum Nihil is no secret, even though he has tried to keep it out of the spotlight. Johnny does not talk about his company much if at all and there is not that much information out there to find. Here is the basic rundown on Infinitum Nihil and it’s projects. You will notice different connections to Johnny in many forms and artists connected with these projects at present. I.N. was founded in the year 2004 along with Johnnys sister Christi Dembrowski and Sam Sarkar. Sam Sarker, who’s Director of Development, is a writer who has done projects such as Caliber (comic book Caliber is the tale of Excalibur contained in five issues from radical comics.) The production house has a three-year deal with Graham King’s Initial Entertainment Group (Graham King also was responsible for the movie The Departed). The very first film from I.N. will be the well publicized Shantaram which was scheduled for release in 2008, before the writers strike.
Infinitum Nihil is Latin for Infinite Nothing, although on their official website they do have the actual quote, “force is force…matter is matter…will is will…the infinite is the infinite…nothing is nothing” from Tolstoy’s Confession. Where Leo asks “What is the meaning of my life, beyond time, cause, and space?” in which he answers, “none.” His reasoning being Infinitum Nihil.
Visit their official site at Infinitum Nihil.com!
(The domain infinitumnihil.info is NOT affiliated with Johnny Depp in any way. If you get mail from them, they are not Johnny’s people!)
In Development – The Novel is written by author Gregory David Roberts who is of course using his own personal life experience to convey this story to the reader and now the future viewer. Roberts is Australian born and is one of the founding members of the Anarchist People’s Liberation Army of 1969. Throughout his life in Australia he was married and then divorced and began a heroin addiction in 1977 which led to a bank robbery career to support his addiction. He was imprisoned in 1978, but escaped from the Maximum Security Pentridge prison two years later in 1980. He was helped by the motorcycle gang, BLF Union, & revolutionaries to escape and then fled to India. He was imprisoned there for four months and then recruited by Bombay mafia, training in currency crime, gold smuggling, passports and joined a gunrunning operation to unit of mujaheddin fighters in Afghanistan. He was wounded in action, evacuated to Pakistan to recover and returned to Bombay. He went to Germany and smuggled in and out of Europe where he was then captured in Frankfurt in 1990, imprisoned in Preungesheim prison with terrorists for a year where he taught himself to read & write German. He won concessions and was extradited to Australia the end of 1991 where he then served 2 years solitary confinement, 4 years mainstream prison in Australia,. He began his novel and wrote from 1991-97 while developing the philosophical and cosmogical model, “Resolution Theory”.He was released from prison and began the Shantaram novel in 1997, ended parole in 2002. He sold the rights to Shantaram, in the USA (St. Martin’s Press) & UK (TimeWarner Books UK) and published the Australian edition of novel, Shantaram, August, 2003. During his tour of Australia, New Zealand, Europe, UK, Ireland, Hong Kong during 2004 he sold the movie rights to Johnny Depp, Brad Grey, Graham King, Warner Brothers. Shantaram is narrated by Lin, an escaped convict with a false passport who flees maximum security prison in Australia for the teeming streets of a city where he can disappear. Accompanied by his guide and faithful friend, Prabaker, the two enter Bombay’s hidden society of beggars and gangsters, prostitutes and holy men, soldiers and actors, and Indians and exiles from other countries, who seek in this remarkable place what they cannot find elsewhere. As a hunted man without a home, family, or identity, Lin searches for love and meaning while running a clinic in one of the city’s poorest slums, and serving his apprenticeship in the dark arts of the Bombay mafia. The search leads him to war, prison torture, murder, and a series of enigmatic and bloody betrayals. The keys to unlock the mysteries and intrigues that bind Lin are held by two people. The first is Khader Khan: mafia godfather, criminal-philosopher-saint, and mentor to Lin in the underworld of the Golden City. The second is Karla: elusive, dangerous, and beautiful, whose passions are driven by secrets that torment her and yet give her a terrible power. You can see the parallels in the authors experience above as the story is based on the life of the Roberts it is a wonderful read and will be a great motion picture.
SASHA’S STORY: THE LIFE AND DEATH OF A RUSSIAN SPY
Written by Alan Cowell who is a British journalist also known for writing, “Killing the Wizards: Wars of Power and Freedom from Zaire to South Africa.” Simon & Schuster 1992 and , “The Walking Guide,” for the New York Times. Cowell began his journalism career as a reporter for The Rueters. He joined the New York Times in 1981 and has reported from Turkey, the Middle East, central and southern Africa, Greece, Egypt, Italy, Germany and the United Kingdom. He has also won the George Polk Award and was nominated for a Pulitzer prize for foreign reporting This is one interpretation of the true story of Alexander Litvinenko. A Russian Spy who was poisoned to death in 2004.There were large amounts of the radioactive substance polonium-210 were found in the body of the fiercely anti-Putin spy when he died Litvinenko alleged that the FSB, an agency that replaced the KGB, was responsible for the bombings that killed more than 300 people in 1999 in Russia. The attacks were blamed on Chechen separatists. Two different books have been written about Litvinenko and, of course, both books have been bought by different studios intending to turn them into movies. Warner Brothers purchased Sasha’s Story: The Life and Death of a Russian Spy, which has already been turned over to Johnny who may plan on playing the spy himself. There is a third book in the works written by the spy’s widow. Although all three accounts will of course be different, it is a story well worth the telling.
Johnny Depp’s Production Co. Teams With Yellow Bird Prods. & Tom Fontana For Series Based On Shakespeare’s Plays
EXCLUSIVE: Johnny Depp‘s Infinitum Nihil has partnered with leading Scandinavian producer Yellow Bird Productions, which is behind the original Girl With The Dragon Tattoo films, and Emmy-winning writer-producer Tom Fontana for a scripted series based on the plays of William Shakespeare.
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Johnny is getting into publishing business
Johnny Depp, actor, is now also Johnny Depp, book publisher. Publishing giant HarperCollins is partnering with Depp to create a book imprint, called Infinitum Nihil, which vows to be “authentic, outspoken, and visionary.” The first book released by Infinitum Nihil/HarperCollins on February 5, 2013 was Woody Guthrie’s “House of Earth: A Novel”. Another project, to be released in 2015, will be The Unraveled Tales of Bob Dylan by historian Douglas Brinkley, who recently wrote a profile of Dylan for Rolling Stone based on interviews with the singer/songwriter in Paris and Amsterdam.