Tuesday, October 21, 2014
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Johnny Depp hatches plans for Dr. Seuss biopic

He's already played kid-lit icons Willy Wonka and the Mad Hatter, and kid-lit author J.M. Barrie. Now Johnny Depp is considering a film biography of Dr. Seuss, aka Theodor Seuss Geisel, whose nutty rhyming picture books have been essential reading for millions.

Johnny Depp hatches plans for Dr. Seuss biopic

"I look just like Johnny Depp, don´t I?"
"I look just like Johnny Depp, don't I?"

Johnny Depp has acquired the rights to the life story of one Theodor Seuss Geisel, the late New England cartoonist and author who, under the slightly-better-known moniker Dr. Seuss, published a few books you may have heard of. A master of trisyllabic meter, of nonsense names and inspired rhymes, Seuss produced some 60 titles over the course of his 70 years in publishing, selling kabillions of copies of such essential bedside printed matter as The Cat in the Hat, Green Eggs and Ham, Horton Hears a Who! and How the Grinch Stole Christmas.

Depp’s no stranger to adaptations of kid lit, nor portraits of kid-literati: he’s assayed Willy Wonka and the Mad Hatter for Tim Burton, and Peter Pan author J.M. Barrie (Finding Neverland, for Marc Forster) .

The Hollywood Reporter’s Risky Business column reported the Depp/Dr.Seuss deal. And, if you can't wait, there's an animated version of The Lorax,  Seuss’ eco-masterwork, coming in March. Danny DeVito is the voice of the tree-hugging title character, and Zac Efron, Taylor Swift and Betty White are onboard. Despicable Me’s Chris Renaud directs. But that’s a whole other kettle of one fish two fish.

Steven Rea Inquirer Movie Columnist and Critic
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Steven Rea has been an Inquirer movie critic since 1992. He was born in London, raised in New York City, and has lived in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Iowa City, Iowa. His column, "On Movies," appears Sundays in Arts & Entertainment, his reviews appear in the Weekend section on Fridays, and his blog, On Movies Online, can be found here. He is a member of the National Society of Film Critics.

Steven Rea's previous blog posts can be found here. Read his most recent columns and reviews, here. He is the author of the book “Hollywood Rides a Bike,” and also curates the movie stars and bicycling photo blog, Rides A Bike.

Steven Rea Inquirer Movie Columnist and Critic
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