Thompson on Hollywood


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.