After playing such luminaries of literature as Hunter Thompson, Roald Dahl, and Willy Wonka, Johnny Depp is taking a break from earning 100 jillion dollars pretending to be Keith Richards in pirate garb in order to produce and star in a biopic about beloved children’s book author, Dr. Seuss.
According to The AV Club:
Depp’s Infinitum Nihil production company and Illumination Entertainment are in the early stages of developing the project through Universal, which will cover the life of the man who spent decades evading authorities as he conducted his experiments in stitching together madcap rhyming and political allegories, and generally tinkering with young brains.
In Treatment’s Keith Bunin will write the screenplay, “which producers say may include various animated sequences”—one has a feeling that this is going to be an incredibly odd film. That said, as long as it avoids the horrors and atrociousness of the live action Cat in the Hat and The Grinch Who Stole Christmas adaptations—films whose images still scar my retinas—this Dr. Seuss biopic might actually be a pretty interesting film. But only as long as Jim Carrey and Mike Myers stay far, far away from it.
What do you think about Johnny Depp playing Dr. Seuss?