Johnny Depp to play War Photographer W.Eugene Smith in "Minamata"

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Johnny Depp to play War Photographer W.Eugene Smith in "Minamata"

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OCTOBER 23, 2018 8:49AM PT

Johnny Depp to Play War Photographer W. Eugene Smith in ‘Minamata’

By DAVE MCNARY
Film Reporter
Variety.com

Johnny Depp has come on board to star as war photographer W. Eugene Smith in the independent drama “Minamata.”

The film will center on Smith’s work as a photographer for Life magazine in exposing the poisoning of the people of Minamata, Japan. Andrew Levitas will direct the film, which is based on the book by Aileen Mioko Smith and W. Eugene Smith and adapted by David K. Kessler.

The story will start with Smith as a recluse, with the glory days of World War II far behind him. But an old friend and a commission from Life Magazine editor Ralph Graves convince him to journey back to Japan to expose a big story: the devastating annihilation of a coastal community through mercury poisoning. “Minamata” will start principal production in Japan followed by Serbia in January.

HanWay Films will handle international sales and distribution and will commence sales at the American Film Market, which opens on Oct. 31 in Santa Monica, Calif. CAA Media Finance will handle US rights. “Minamata” has been developed by Depp’s production entity Infinitum Nihil and is produced by Sam Sarkar, Bill Johnson and Andrew Levitas. Jason Forman and Stephen Deuters will executive produce.

“Working with Johnny to give voice to those who have been silently suffering is a responsibility we do not take lightly,” Levitas said. “Much like Eugene Smith in 1971, we could not feel more privileged or humbled to be tasked with the mission of bringing this incredible story to the world.”

HanWay Films’ Gabrielle Stewart added, “Eugene Smith’s personal redemptive story arc is really human and touching as he opens up and connects to the people in front of his camera. His story is extremely relevant as it explores how a powerful image can spur the world into action.”

Depp and producer Andrea Iervolino announced Monday that they have formed a partnership to develop and produce film and digital content. The pact is starting with the drama “Waiting for the Barbarians,” starring Depp, Mark Rylance, and Robert Pattinson. Production begins later this month in Morocco.

Depp and Levitas are both represented by CAA.


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Unread postby jruoss » Tue Oct 23, 2018 1:34 pm

Sounds like maybe Johnny's pursuing a bit more autonomy in the world of film and "digital content"? I know Infinitum Nihil is not new, but this international partnership the article mentions is. Avoiding going through Hollywood as much as possible sounds like a good tack. Terry Gilliam's been getting financing and filming outside the U.S. for years.
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Unread postby gipsyblues » Tue Oct 23, 2018 1:59 pm

Maybe it's good to be a little more independent of Hollywood. I wish Johnny all the best for his projects and love him so much. :myheart: :airkiss: :flashingheart:

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Unread postby Chocolat » Tue Oct 23, 2018 7:56 pm

Thank you In-too-Depp for posting this news. Great to read about Johnny's upcoming work and to see Sam Sarkar and Stephen Deuters involved with the project as well.
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Unread postby Ade » Wed Oct 24, 2018 4:26 am

Sounds like he might be hitting a perfect balance between commitments to a massive franchise in Fantastic Beasts (and he may even do another Pirates) but then plenty of really gripping work in independent films - I think this and Waiting for the Barbarians sound very much like stuff he'd want to pursue. I also love how these things come out of nowhere - did anyone have any hint it was coming? I'd also been wondering why Stephen wasn't with Johnny during the HW tour, he seemed to be looked after by Nathan - clearing Stephen really is transitioning into producer role and putting all of this together, the financing etc, must have taken a lot of hard work. All very exciting. Going to read the book.

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Looks like a beautiful locale for filming, just across from Italy on the eastern side of the Adriatic Sea.
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