Johnny Depp Joins Infernal “Dante”

“Infinitum Nihil has acquired films rights to Nick Tosches 2002 novel “In the Hand of Dante” that will be developed as a potential star vehicle for Johnny Depp reports Variety.

The story revolves around Dante Aligheri’s masterwork “The Divine Comedy,” and tells parallel storylines involving Dante in 14th-century Italy as he tries to complete the work, and a contemporary storyline involving Tosches, who is asked to authenticate what might be Dante’s original manuscript.

Depp would play Tosche and produce the film alongside Christi Dembrowski. Depp’s Infinitum Nihil production company has a first-look deal with Warner Bros. and GK Films.

The actor’s schedule is packed right now with him set to star in “Alice in Wonderland,” “The Lone Ranger,” “Pirates of the Caribbean 4” and voicing the title character in “Rango”.

Depp also begins work in March on “The Rum Diary”, an adaptation of gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson’s work in which Depp will play the late cult figure. Bruce Robinson directs.

Infinitum Nihil is also developing a film version of “Dark Shadows”, along with adaptations of “The Invention of Hugo Cabret,” “Shantaram,” “The Bomb in My Garden” and “Inamorata”.