Johnny Depp Goes Serious with ‘In the Hand of Dante’

Julian SchnabelJohnny Depp’s attachment to a project so palpably meta as In the Hand of Dante is quite overdue for the actor whose lifeblood is the offbeat. Depp, while working with director Julian Schnabel on Before Night Falls, brought the project to his interest.

In the Hand of Dante is a novel by Nick Tosches about Nick Tosches undergoing the humors and tragedies of a 21st Century New York City in a parallel plotline examining an age-old story by Dante Alighieri about Dante Alighieri undergoing the humors and tragedies of a 14th Century Sicily—also, Hell.

Depp and Schnabel are both interested in developing a film adaptation together (Depp holds the rights to the novel), but Schnabel insists the film won’t be underway for a couple of years.

In more immediate news, Schnabel’s 2010 Miral will become available on Blu-Ray tomorrow, July 12.

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Staff editor Michael Arbeiter’s natural state of being can best be described as “mild panic attack.” His earliest memories of growing up in Queens, New York, involve nighttime conversations with a voice from his bedroom wall (the jury’s still out on what that was all about) and a love for classic television that spawned from the very first time he was allowed to watch “The Munsters.” Attending college at SUNY Binghamton, a 20-year-old Michael learned two things: that he could center his future on this love for TV and movies, and that dragons never actually existed — he was kind of late in the game on that one.