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Depp Developing Live Action Dr. Seuss, Thin Man Remake Finds New Scribe in Billy Ray

Depp Developing Live Action Dr. Seuss, Thin Man Remake Finds New Scribe in Billy Ray

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It was only a matter of time. Dr. Seuss will be brought to live-action life, and as long as Johnny Depp is accepting the stupid money, he’ll likely be in the title role. The project is in development at Illumination Entertainment and Depp’s Infinium Nihil, with Depp producing (and possibly starring), and Keith Bunin pegged to write the script.

Talk about branded. Author/illustrator Theodor Geisel’s Dr. Seuss books are beloved across the globe. Universal and Illumination’s Dr. Seuss adaptation, the animated The Lorax, lands March 2012. Universal previously produced How the Grinch Stole Christmas and The Cat in the Hat. Bringing Dr. Seuss to life in a live action film was bound to happen.

Depp will also star in Warner’s The Thin Man, which now has Billy Ray on board to write the adaptation of the classic Dashiell Hammett novel, which spawned the beloved film series starring William Powell and Myrna Loy as tipsy detectives Nick and Nora Charles. Rob Marshall will direct.

Both Jerry Stahl and David Koepp were attached to write the script, but have fallen away. Ray’s credits include Shattered Glass, Breach, and the upcoming Peter Pan Begins, A Captain’s Duty, the 24 feature and the remake of The Secret in Their Eyes.

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Johnny Depp will play Nick Charles, originally played by William Powell, who starred in MANHATTAN MELODRAMA, the film John Dillinger famously went to see on the night of July 22, 1934 and then was killed by FBI agents when he came out. Depp played Dillinger and recreated that historical moment in PUBLIC ENEMIES (2009).

And, speaking of Dr. Seuss, when are we ever gonna get a decent movie BASED on Seuss? The only ones I can think of are Bob Clampett’s HORTON HATCHES THE EGG (1942), a Warner Bros. cartoon short, and Chuck Jones’ half-hour animated TV special, “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” (1966).

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