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

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood October 7, 2011 at 7:38AM

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.
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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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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.