Johnny Depp Confirmed to Team Up With Michael Mann

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The first truly exciting project to be announced in quite some time has just hit the trades as Variety tells us that the meeting referred to by The Hollywood Reporter between Johnny Depp and director Michael Mann must have gone quite well as they have decided to get started on Public Enemies with shooting set to begin in March.

The film is based on Brian Burrough’s nonfiction book “Public Enemies: America’s Greatest Crime Wave and the Birth of the FBI, 1933-34” set during the great crime wave of 1933-34, when the government’s attempts to stop Depression-era criminal legends such as John Dillilnger, Baby Face Nelson and Pretty Boy Floyd transformed J. Edgar Hoover’s FBI into the country’s first federal police force. Mann wrote the script, based on Burrough’s book and Depp will play John Dillinger, considered the most notorious gangster of the era.

Filming will take place in Chicago and Universal will be distributing.