Johnny Depp in Talks to Play Dr. Seuss in Biopic
Posted 10.07.11 by Chris
Even 20 years after his death, Dr. Seuss is one of the most celebrated authors in the world. And with three billion-dollar movie under his belt, Johnny Depp is the world's biggest actor. So it seems almost perfect that the actor is developing a movie about the beloved authored, with talks of him actually playing Dr. Seuss.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Illumination Entertainment and Infinitum Nihil are putting together a live-action movie about Dr. Seuss with Depp producing and and talks of him starring in. As the article points out, Depp has already played Peter Pan author J.M. Barrie in Finding Neverland.
Born Theodor Seuss Geisel in 1904, Dr. Seuss published 46 children's books, selling 200 million copies worldwide. A couple of books have already been turned into movies, with uneven success. Though Ron Howard's How the Grinch Stole Christmas was a monster hit with $345M in worldwide ticket sales, 2003's The Cat in the Hat was a critical and commercial bomb. The animated Horton Hears a Who! was a hit, grossing $297M worldwide.
Universal and Illumination are currently in post-production on another Dr. Seuss adaption, The Lorax, which includes the voices of Zack Efron, Danny DeVito, Ed Helms, Taylor Swift, and Betty White. The animated movie is scheduled for a March 2 release.
If Depp were to star in the Dr. Seuss movie, it would add to his slew of movies already in the pipeline. Depp's Hunter S. Thompson passion-project The Rum Diary hits theaters Oct. 28, then Depp will be seen in Martin Scorsese's Hugo on Thanksgiving. Next, Depp will play vampire Barnabas Collins in Tim Burton's Dark Shadows in May. And it looks like we'll see him play Tonto in The Lone Ranger.
What do you think about Depp playing Dr. Seuss? With the current trend of actors winning the Academy Award for biopics, it could put Depp one step closer to getting his own Oscar (he's been nominated three times — Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, Finding Neverland, and Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street).