Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Johnny Depp books 'Hand of Dante'

If you were itching for Johnny Depp to get into some more normal fare (rather than Mad Hatters and slaying barbers), this should be the ticket. Variety reports that Depp's production company (Infinitum Nihil) has grabbed the rights to Nick Tosches' novel In the Hand of Dante -- to be a potential starring vehicle for Depp.

Bred out of Dante's The Divine Comedy, the novel deals with parallel stories -- a 14th-century Italy where Dante tries to complete the text, alongside a modern story of Tosches being asked to authenticate a manuscript that might be Dante's original. But Depp wouldn't be tackling the part of Dante (which I find a bit surprising considering all the iconic roles he takes on), but rather Tosches. I have to say -- it'd be nice to see him normalize himself a bit.

It also sounds like a funky project -- sort of like Adaptation meets 14th-century icons and historical authentication. And hey, I'm up for any literature-centric films that don't focus on the overused tendency to make it all romance

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