Articles from May 2005

"Courteous, warm, and genuine"–Nick Hornby describes his impressions of Johnny Depp

In an interview with Ciar Byrne of The Independent, bestselling British author Nick Hornby discussed his reaction to learning that his new novel, A LONG WAY DOWN, had been purchased by Warner Brothers and would be made into a film produced by Johnny Depp. “I was very excited when I first heard from him,” Hornby told the Independent. “I’ve always thought he was really cool.” And Johnny did not disappoint: “He’s been so courteous and warm and genuine during the process of buying the book that he’s even gone up in my estimation,” Hornby declared.

And is Hornby a fan of Johnny’s performances? “He’s always made some really interesting choices. He’s had a very varied career and hasn’t done any rubbish.”

Although the press release about A LONG WAY DOWN was careful to specify that at this time Johnny is only attached to the project as a producer, Hornby would be pleased to see him tackle a major role. When reporter Byrne asked point-blank if Johnny Depp would be appearing in the film, Hornby replied, “I think so. I think that might be what attracted him to the book.” According to Hornby, the role that interests Johnny is Martin Sharp, “a disgraced breakfast TV presenter” who is one of the novel’s quartet of main characters. No doubt Warner Bros., which according to the Telegraph paid “several million pounds” for the rights to Hornby’s novel, also hopes that Johnny will act in, as well as produce, A LONG WAY DOWN.

The Zone thanks emma for posting the Byrne interview with Hornby, and Gilbert’s Girl for posting the article in the UK Telegraph. You can read both on our news board.

BREAKING NEWS–Johnny Depp to co-produce the film version of Nick Hornby's new novel, A LONG WAY DOWN

Warner Brothers got out its checkbook again and purchased the rights to Nick Hornby’s newest novel, A LONG WAY DOWN, Variety reports. The novel, which deals with four suicidal strangers who meet by chance on New Year’s Eve and form a surrogate family, was published on Monday in the U.K. and is already #13 on Amazon U.K.’s bestseller list. The film of A LONG WAY DOWN will be produced by Graham King, Johnny Depp, and David Heyman. King’s Initial Entertainment Group and Johnny’s production company, Infinitum Nihil, are already working together as partners on the upcoming Warner Brothers film SHANTARAM.

Why was Johnny interested in Hornby’s A LONG WAY DOWN? “This book is brimming with… some of the most outstanding characters I’ve ever had the pleasure of reading,” Johnny told the Hollywood press. “The cinematic possibilities are extraordinary. I am thrilled to be involved with such a masterful work.” Previous Hornby novels adapted into films include ABOUT A BOY, starring Hugh Grant; HIGH FIDELITY, with John Cusack; and FEVER PITCH, starring Jimmy Fallon and Drew Barrymore, currently in theaters.

Does Johnny plan to play one of Hornby’s “outstanding characters” himself? “Depp’s attachment is limited to producing at this point,” writes Variety, but in an interview with The Independent, Nick Hornby mentioned that he thought Johnny might be interested in playing Martin Sharp, whom Hornby describes as “a disgraced breakfast TV presenter.” A morning news show host fallen from grace . . . that would be an intriguing character to add to Johnny’s constantly expanding resume.

The Zone thanks Reemi, who broke the story, and emma and DeepinDepp who contributed additional articles. There are several stories on the News and Views forum now, including trade press reports from Variety and the Hollywood Reporter, and stories about A LONG WAY DOWN from the UK press. Zoners who would like to read A LONG WAY DOWN can order it now from Amazon UK, or wait until June when Viking Press will release a U.S. edition.

Miramax to open THE LIBERTINE in limited U.S. release on August 19th!

For those eagerly awaiting any and all news of THE LIBERTINE, Shadow reports that the movie website now carries August 19, 2005 as the date of the film’s U.S. opening. The release will be limited,however, which probably means only a few arthouses in major cities. Still, we are grateful for any chance to see Johnny Depp’s performance as the “scandalously decadent John Wilmot, the second Earl of Rochester.” That’s from comingsoon’s description of the film; you can read all they have to say HERE. The Zone thanks Shadow for the news, and Reemi for posting other updates. Now if Miramax would only release a trailer for THE LIBERTINE!