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, an aunt of Roald Dahl-esque meanness, a mysterious sorcerer and a hat with magical properties - that should cleave closer to his BBC spookfest The Fades than the work he did on those award-winning Channel 4 dramas.
It's not Thorne's first foray into movies. His adaptation of Nick Hornby's A Long Way Down arrives later this year with Rosamund Pike, Aaron Paul and Toni Collette in tow, and he also has a credit on Kevin Macdonald's How I Live Now.