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Johnny Depp to Produce & Star in Magical 'Mortimer Wintergreen'

14 January 2013 12:47 PM, PST | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

Johnny Depp has starred in his fair share of bizarre and quirky roles over the past decade or so, and now the talented producer/actor has added another dash of whimsy to his schedule. THR reports that Depp will produce and may star in Mortimer Wintergreen, a magical adventure film from Warner Bros. based on Myron Levoy's 1987 young adult novel The Magic Hat of Mortimer Wintergreen. Susanna White (Nanny McPhee Returns) will direct from a script by playwright and author Jack Thorne with Depp playing the title character, a travelling magician who meets two young children who have run away from their evil aunt. Here's the synopsis of Levoy's novel, The Magic Hat of Mortimer Wintergreen, from Amazon: In 1890s South Dakota, Amy and Joshua escape from their mean Aunt Vootch. They plan to find their grandparents in New York, and manage to team up with a traveling magician, »

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Johnny Depp Picks Up Magician Story Mortimer Wintergreen

14 January 2013 8:30 AM, PST | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

With his production company Infinitum Nihil, Johnny Depp has been tackling a string of ambitious adaptations, from Martin Scorsese's 3D spectacle Hugo, to Bruce Robinson's zany The Rum Diary, Tim Burton's outlandish Dark Shadows, and Gore Verbinski's forthcoming The Lone Ranger. With the latest of these finally wrapped, Depp is and company are moving forward on an adaptation of Myron Levoy's 1987 Ya novel The Magic Hat of Mortimer Wintergreen, which focuses on the misadventures Wintergreen and a brother-sister pair of runaways have thanks to his magical hat with a mind of its own. THR reports the family-friendly adventure picture produced by Infinitum Nihil, Wild Things Productions and Warner Bros will be penned by English screenwriter Jack Thorne. Best-known for writing several episodes of the scintillating and celebrated UK teen drama Skins, Thorne has also scripted the recently wrapped adaptation of Nick Hornby's A Long Way Down, »

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Depp Circles Magician Movie, 'Pirates 5' Gets a Writer and Could C-Tates Return for 'Step Up 5'?

14 January 2013 7:12 AM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

1.) For those of you playing catch up, we've known for a while David O. Russell's next film is a currently untitled crime picture that used to be known as American Bullsh*t. Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, Jeremy Renner and Amy Adams are already on board, and Louis C.K., who will also appear in Woody Allen's next film (Blue Jasmine) is now the latest to join the cast. The film is based on the true story of a con artist (Bale) and his mistress/partner in crime (Adams), who are forced to work with a federal agent (Cooper) to turn the tables on other con artists, mobsters and politicians. Columbia Pictures is distributing the tentative late 2013 release, though we again have Megan Ellison's Annapurna Pictures (The Master, Killing Them Softly, Zero Dark Thirty) to thank as she's fully financing the project. THR 2.) The fifth installment of the Step Up »

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Johnny Depp Adds Magician Movie 'Mortimer Wintergreen' To List Of Possible Projects

14 January 2013 5:57 AM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Before the intriguing possibilities contained within Johnny Depp and Wally Pfister's collaboration on “Transcendence” come to fruition, there's still the matter of the iconic actor's more traditional roles: namely, that of the eccentric, whimsy-tinged adventurer on which he's plied his trade for quite some time, and now is eyeing a return to in the near future for a director well-versed in the type. Already taking on a producer role alongside his Infinitum Nihl label partner Christi Dembrowski, Depp is looking to possibly play the lead in Warner Bros. family fantasy “Mortimer Wintergreen,” loosely based off the 1987 novel written by Myron Levoy. Playwright and writer Jack Thorne (TV's “Skins,” “Cast Offs”) will pen the film, which follows a brother/sister pair who encounter the titular traveling magician after running away from home, and “Nanny McPhee Returns” director Susanna White is attached to »

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"Skins" Scribe Pens Depp's "Wintergreen"

14 January 2013 3:24 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Playwright and UK "Skins" scribe Jack Thorne has been hired to pen the family fantasy adventure "Mortimer Wintergreen" at Warner Bros. Pictures.

A loose adaptation of Myron Levoy's 1987 young-adult novel "The Magic Hat of Mortimer Wintergreen," the story is set in the 1890s.

The book followed a brother and sister who run away from their mean aunt and cross paths with a traveling magician with a magical hat. The three find themselves on a series of wild adventures.

Susanna White ("Nanny McPhee Returns") is directing while Johnny Depp, Christi Dembrowski and John Carls are producing. Depp might star depending upon script approval and his schedule.

Source: Heat Vision »

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Johnny Depp Sorcery Tale Has a Writer

14 January 2013 12:14 AM, PST | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

A double dose of Depp this morning for you. Following news that Pirates 5 has taken on a screenwriter to hasten its voyage to the big screen, another Johnny Depp project, Mortimer Wintergreen, has also hired a writer. This one has gone British with Skins and This Is England '86 (and '88) co-writer Jack Thorne scoring the gig for Depp's Infinitum Nihil marque.Thorne will be magicking Myron Levoy's young adult novel, The Magic Hat Of Mortimer Wintergreen, into a script that may even star Depp himself, depending on timings and screenplay approval. We assume he'll be playing Wintergreen rather than the hat. As The Hollywood Reporter notes, Warner Bros. has already had a crack at adapting the novel. Their draft had a conman trying to keep the supercharged chapeau from falling into the hands of some nefarious types.Returning the source novel, Thorne will be working from raw materials - two siblings, »

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Johnny Depp movie 'Mortimer Wintergreen' hires 'Skins' writer

13 January 2013 3:45 PM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Jack Thorne has been tapped to pen a new Johnny Depp-produced family film called Mortimer Wintergreen. Thorne is best known for his work on UK dramas like Skins, The Fades and This is England '86, and the upcoming feature film A Long Way Down, based on a Nick Hornby novel. Mortimer Wintergreen will be loosely based on the 1987 novel by Myron Levoy called The Magic Hat of Mortimer Wintergreen. The young adult novel tells the story of a brother (more) »

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Johnny Depp's Magician Movie 'Mortimer Wintergreen' Hires 'Skins' Writer (Exclusive)

11 January 2013 6:20 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Playwright and scribe Jack Thorne, best known for his work on British TV's Skins and co-creating Cast-Offs, will pen Warner Bros.’ magical adventure movie Mortimer Wintergreen. Johnny Depp is producing with his Infinitum Nihil partner Christi Dembrowski. John Carls of Wild Things Productions also is producing. Depp might star in the film, subject to script approval and his schedule.  Nanny McPhee Returns director Susanna White is attached to direct. The project is loosely based on a 1987 novel written by Myron Levoy titled The Magic Hat of Mortimer Wintergreen. Set in the 1890s, the Ya book

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