Johnny Depp is set to produce, and potentially star in, an upcoming film chronicling the life of author and illustrator, Dr. Seuss.
Dr.Seuss was the pseudonym used by Theodor Geisel, the man behind some of the best loved, and most amusingly rhyming, children’s books ever written. Dr. Seuss’s books include Green Eggs and Ham, The Cat in the Hat, and Horton Hears a Who! and now, it seems that his life story has been deemed film-worthy. The upcoming biopic is also thought to include Geisel’s stint as a political cartoonist, and his propagandistic pieces which he created during the Second World War.
Infinitum Nihil, Depp’s own production house, are reportedly set to collaborate with Illumination Entertainment for this live-action film. Although Depp is not yet confirmed to star at Seuss himself, it wouldn’t be the first time that he’s taken on the role of a slightly eccentric literary figure – he starred as Peter Pan writer, JM Barrie, in Finding Neverland, not to mention playing both the Mad Hatter in Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland, and Willy Wonka in his version of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
Illumination Entertainment are already involved in producing an adaptation of The Lorax, whilst other Seuss classics to have previously made it on the the big screen include How the Grinch Stole Christmas and The Cat in the Hat.
Meanwhile, you’ll definitely be able to get your Depp-fix next month, when he’s set to appear in Bruce Robinson’s adaptation of The Rum Diary, which hits UK cinemas on 4th November.
We’ll keep you posted!