Depp and his producing partner Christi Dembrowski have optioned the film rights to Echols' unpublished memoirs, according to Deadline.com.
Their film will chronicle Echols' life and his time behind bars for a crime he insists he didn't commit. He was 18 at the time of his arrest.
Following the West Memphis Three's release from prison, Depp urged U.S. authorities to continue searching for the real killers of the Arkansas boy scouts - so Echols, Jason Baldwin and Jessie Misskelley, Jr.'s names could be cleared.
The three men were set free in August (11) after reluctantly admitting guilt. They later revealed they had only done this as part of an agreement that would lead to their release.
During an interview with Larry King on CNN Presents, Depp said, "Admitting guilt (while) maintaining innocence, it's a really floppy piece of ground to stand on. I knew immediately when I first started to familiarise myself with the case, I knew instantly that they were innocent, that they were wrongfully accused. The more research I did, the more people I spoke to, it was absolutely apparent...
"It was ugly and a raw deal from the get-go back in '93... When you're thinking of these three kids, one, Damien Echols, on Death Row for 18 years, spent 10 years in isolation, for a crime that he did not commit.
"What I'm hoping is that the investigation will continue outside of the courthouse right now and that we will be able to prove the real killers."
Depp isn't the only celebrity fighting for justice for the West Memphis Three - rocker Eddie Vedder and Dixie Chicks star Natalie Maines have been close to the case for years and moviemaker Peter Jackson has been quietly funding a private investigation into the murders.
Emily Mortimer and Michael Stuhlbarg have joined the already jam-packed cast of Martin Scorsese’s 3D fantasy, Hugo Cabret. Shooting for the film has been underway for a few weeks, but Mortimer, last seen in Shutter Island, and Stuhlbarg, star of A Serious Man, were recently added in supporting roles.
Hugo Cabret tells the story of a Parisian orphan (Asa Butterfield) who lives in the walls of a train station and encounters a number of eccentric characters. The huge cast so far consists of Chloe Moretz, Jude Law, Ben Kingsley, Sasha Baron Cohen, Helen McCrory, Ray Winstone, Christopher Lee and Richard Griffiths, with the recent additions of Mortimer and Stahlberg as a flower shop girl and film restorer, respectively.
Scorsese is producing the film with Graham King, Johnny Depp, and Tim Headington, for GK Films, with a script from John Logan. Emma Tillinger Koskoff, Charles Newirth and Christi Dembrowski are executive producing. Hugo Cabret began production at the start of July in London, and will be released December 9, 2011 by Sony.
Martin Scorsese has assembled an all-star cast for his 3D debut. Jude Law, Ray Winstone and Frances De La Tour (of the Potter franchise), as well as industry veterans Christopher Lee and Richard Griffiths, have been added to the cast of Scorsese’s Hugo Cabret. They join cast members Ben Kingsley, Sasha Baron Cohen, Helen McCrory, Chloe Moretz, and Asa Butterfield as the lead.
The film, which adapts Brian Selsnick’s bestselling illustrated novel The Invention Of Hugo Cabret, tells the story of a young orphan (Butterfield) who lives in the walls of a Paris train station and encounters a number of eccentric characters, including a young girl (Moretz, probably) and a toymaker. Jon Logan, of Gladiator and the upcoming animated film Rango, has written the screenplay.
Scorsese is producing the film with Graham King, Johnny Depp, and Tim Headington, for GK Films. Emma Tillinger Koskoff, Charles Newirth and Christi Dembrowski are executive producing. Hugo Cabret began production yesterday in London, and will be released December 2011 by Sony.
Source: The Wrap
Pirates of the Caribbean star Johnny Depp is suing West Hollywood, Los Angeles, for authorizing construction which will obstruct views from his Hollywood Hills mansion.
The actor, who divides his time between France and Los Angeles, is furious over plans to build a massive retail complex on Sunset Boulevard that would ruin the views from his $5.4 million estate.
Depp alleges in the lawsuit that the city violated environmental-quality laws by approving a development of retail shops, a restaurant and a parking lot beneath his gated estate.
He claims that the project would block the view his two children, Lily-Rose, 6, and Jack, 4, enjoy while playing outside the home.
Backers of the development dispute Depp's claims, arguing he has been very vocal about raising his children in France, where he lives with French actress and singer Vanessa Paradis.
A Los Angeles County Superior Court judge ruled against Depp last year.
The case is being appealed on his behalf by his sister, Christi Dembrowski, who is also his personal assistant and president of his film production company.
According to developer Joseph Emrani, the dispute has delayed the start of the $10 million project for over a year.
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