Johnny Depp Giving James Franco Run For His Money: Starting Book Imprint

Johnny DeppInfinitum Nihil isn’t just the name of Johnny Depp‘s production company, it’s also the name of his new book imprint with HarperCollins Publishing.

Yep, the actor, producer, musician, winemaker, and restaurant owner can now add “editor” to his resume. According to the publishing house, Depp will seek to make “authentic, outspoken and visionary ideas and voices” heard with his imprint.

In statement released by HarperCollins, Depp explained his mission further, “We will do our best to deliver publications worthy of peoples’ time, of peoples’ concern, publications that might ordinarily never have breached the parapet.”

His first two projects are already lined up: House of the Earth, a recently discovered novel by folk legend Woody Guthrie and The Unraveled Tales of Bob Dylan by historian Douglas Brinkley. Guthrie’s novel, which comes at the end of the celebration of the centennial of his birth, was written in 1947. It was only recently discovered in the Guthrie archives. Brinkley will also help Depp with the editing of the book.

Brinkley’s own book is a furthering of his recent Rolling Stone cover story on Bob Dylan, focused on setting the record straight on the iconic musician. It has a publication date of 2015.

And while this may just be because Depp loves books, reading, and proper sentence structure, another theory has some wondering: is Depp trying to out-quirk James Franco and become the world’s busiest-in-the-most-random-ways famous person?

For most of the 80s and 90s, Depp was the king of quirky, art-house handsome-weirdo types. Since becoming a dad and being a pirate in a couple of pirate movies, it could be argued that he’s slowed his roll a bit. Enter James Franco and his never-ending, varied career choices: actor, director, producer, comedian, performance artist, regular artist, screenwriter, editor, poet, writer, columnist, musician, rapper, soap opera star, visiting professor, and graduate student (at about 927 schools concurrently).

It’s hard to see the younger generation nipping at your heels, so it makes sense that there may be a little friendly competition between the old guard and the new, eh? Jokes aside, these two should probably have some sort of career-off: whoever amasses the most amount of random side projects wins.

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