Johnny Depp to Hold Hands With Dante
Wed, 10 Dec 2008 10:28:40
Johnny Depp and his Infinitum Nihil production shingle have acquired the big screen rights to In the Hand of Dante, a complicated but compelling 2002 novel written by Nick Tosches. Infinitum Nihil had a first-look deal through Warner Brothers, but Depp and producing partner Christi Dembrowski felt strongly enough about the project that they optioned the book on their own dime.
Depp may star in the film as well. The book (and film) focus on Dante's master epic The Divine Comedy with two narrative tracks. One track follows the famed writer in 14th-Century Italy as he completes the layered story, which defined his place in history. That storyline is juxtaposed against another track involving the author Tosches, who is asked to authenticate the original manuscript. Depp would portray Tosches.
—The ARTISTdirect Staff