IM Global has signed a first look deal with Johnny Depp’s production company Infinitum Nihil
As Walt Disney Pictures‘ Pirates of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales sails past the $600 million mark at the global box office, IM Global has today announced that they have signed a first look feature film deal with Johnny Depp’s Infinitum Nihil. The company will be run by an executive team of Depp, Christi Dembrowski, Sam Sakar and Stephen Deuters.
“Johnny is of course a globally recognized superstar but, as importantly, we at IM Global love Infinitum Nihil’s idiosyncratic and taste-driven view of the movie-making world and the unique brand that Johnny, Christi and their team have developed,” says IM Global Founder and CEO Stuart Ford. “We’re building this relationship in order to generate great movies for the global audience with a like-minded creative partner, and with IM Global’s reputation as a company that has enjoyed frequent success greenlighting bold films outside of the confines of the major studio system I feel certain that our newly extended filmmaking partnership with Infinitum Nihil will be a fruitful one.”
The deal was negotiated shortly before the recent Cannes Film Festival, in tandem with IM Global’s commitment to finance and co-produce Depp’s next film, the previously-announced Richard Says Goodbye. The comedy drama is written and will be directed by Katie Says Goodbye‘s Wayne Roberts. Production is set to start this summer with Brian Kavanaugh-Jones of Automatik producing alongside IM Global President of Production, Academy Award winner Greg Shapiro, with Ford and Depp executive producing.
IM Global’s relationship with Infinitum Nihil began last year when IM Global Television announced that it was developing a music-driven television drama series about the legendary Muscle Shoals recording studio based on Rick Hall’s autobiography “The Man From Muscle Shoals: My Journey from Shame to Fame,” with Infinitum Nihil as producers along with Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Produced.
After shooting Richard Says Goodbye for IM Global, Depp will reprise his role as the Dark Wizard Grindelwald in J.K. Rowling’s Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them sequel. He next stars in the crime thriller LAbyrinth, for Open Road, as a detective who investigates the Tupac Shakur and Notorious B.I.G. murders, and 20th Century Fox’s Murder on the Orient Express, directed by Kenneth Branagh.
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