Depp and WB to Tell Litvinenko’s Story


Warner Bros. Pictures has scooped up film rights to a book on the mysterious death of former KGB agent Alexander Litvinenko for Johnny Depp’s Infinitum Nihil to develop, reports Variety.

As with any Infinitum project, the film about Litvinenko could be a potential starring vehicle for Depp, who has been closely following the story.

Depp will produce with Infinitum prexy Christi Dembrowski and Initial Entertainment Group president Graham King. Infinitum is an Initial Entertainment company.

The unpublished novel “Sasha’s Story: The Life and Death of a Russian Spy” will be penned by New York Times London bureau chief Alan Cowell, who has been covering the story since it first broke in November.

In London, the investigation continues into the death of Litvinenko, who was poisoned in late November by polonium-210. Just before his death, he blamed Russian President Vladimir Putin’s regime for the murder.

Cowell will continue covering the story before taking a leave to write the book, which will be published by Doubleday in the U.S. and Transworld in the U.K. later this year.