Johnny Depp is in the prospects of becoming Dr. Seuss for their upcoming film about children's book author and illustrator--Theodor Geisel (aka Dr.Seuss), announced Illumination Entertainment and Infinitum Nihil. Depp is already lined up to be producer for the film that is still in its early stages.
Depp may not the first actor that comes to mind when casting for a family film. However, the actor has expressed a recent desire to make films for a different audience. He has already starred as Peter Pan author J.M. Barrie, Willy Wonka, and the Mad Hatter in Alice and Wonderland. Perhaps Depp can adapt well to this character. Some fans share this hope.
Johnny Depp as Dr Seuss is predictably quirky, but not as banal as his casting as the Mad Hatter, which spectacularly backfired, a fan shared on Twitter.
Should be great! another fan wrote.
Since the film is still being written by In Treatment writer--Keith Bunin, a style for the biopic has not been set on. Unlike Tim Burton's Alice and Wonderland, the producers do not anticipate that Dr. Seuss will flood the screens with CGI animation.
The film will explore the life of the author who sold over 200 million books world-wide. Geisel was born in 1904 and grew up in Springfield, Massachusetts. He attended college at Dartmouth and spent time as an advertising and comic strip illustrator and then went on to political cartoons during the Second World War. By 1950, Giesel was publishing world-wide classics. He passed away from throat cancer in 1991.
Universal Studios is excited to be distributing the film. They collaborated with Illumination and earned over $500 million grossing on the animation film Despicable Me. They are currently in pre-production for another adaptation from Dr. Seuss called The Lorax, set for release March 2012. Universal also produced the 2000 film: How The Grinch Stole Christmas, and The Cat and The Hat in 2003, both based on Dr. Seuss books.
Johnny Depp has much to look forward to since previous Dr. Seuss films have been received favorably. However, Depp has other film due soon as well. His most recent project is The Rum Diary and Martin Scorcese directed--Hugo, both out in November. And in May 2012, another film with Tim Burton called Dark Shadows.